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History in the 1880s

1880 Year in History1880 Year in HistoryThe following events occurred in the decade beginning in 1880. These are the events that shaped the world during the lives of your ancestors, both here in the United States and throughout the world. If you've ever wondered who your ancestors voted for, what their primary mode of transportation was, and how they received the news of their day — this may give you a clue.

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  • 1880 — The United States has about 50,000 telephones
  • 1880 — On January 27th, Thomas Edison received the historic patent embodying the principles of his incandescent lamp that paved the way for the universal domestic use of electric light.
  • 1880 — Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27th at Tuscumbia, Alabama (First child of Kate Adams Keller & Captain Arthur Keller)
  • 1881 — The Los Angeles Times is first published
  • 1883 — Thomas Edison invents the light bulb
  • 1883 — Buffalo Bill Cody opens his Wild West show
  • 1884 — Mark Twain completes Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1885 — Fingerprints are used for identification
  • 1885 — U.S. Post Office offers Special Delivery
  • 1886 — The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor on October 28th
  • 1888 — The Kodak box camera was offered for sale for $25, taking 100 pictures on a roll
  • 1888 — A new magazine called National Geographic was first published
  • 1889 — Coin-operated phonographs are placed in bars, arcades, the first jukeboxes

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