Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte (Georges Seurat)
Vancouver was incorporated in 1886.
What else was happening that year outside
Well, the first CPR passenger train from the east pulled into Port
Moody on July 4. (The first passenger train into Vancouver will
arrive in May of 1887.)
Here and elsewhere in Canada, inspectors were assigned to enforce
labor laws that forbade women and children from working more than
60 hours per week. The Pope named Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau
the first ever Canadian Cardinal. The whipping of female prison
inmates was abolished.
The Nova Scotia legislature passed a resolution moved by Premier
William Fielding for the release of the province from Confederation!
(Wonder how that turned out?)
A new national trade union umbrella group, the Trades
and Labour Congress of Canada, was formed. C.D. Howe (The
Minister of Everything) was born. Manitoba farmer Angus Mackay
showed that Red Fife wheat was a winner: he got 35 bushels of hard
wheat per acre. And Salada Tea was introduced by Canadas Peter
Larkin, who named it for a small tea garden in India.
the USA, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor
by President Grover Cleveland. U.S. troops captured the Apache chief
Geronimo. The tuxedo dinner jacket was introduced, named
for Tuxedo Park, a New York State hangout for rich folk. (The word
itself is Algonquian, means wolf.) Coca-Cola first went
on sale in Atlanta, devised by pharmacist John Pemberton as a headache
and hangover remedy. Johnsons Wax was introduced. Sears, Roebuck
began. Maxwell House Coffee got its name from the Nashville hotel
that served it.
Born in 1886: entertainers Al Jolson and Ed Wynn,
actress Spring Byington, jazzman Kid Ory, poet Joyce Kilmer (Trees),
baseballs Ty Cobb, mystery writer Rex Stout (creator of Nero
Wolfe) and movie director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca).
Elsewhere in the world: Karl Benz patented the first
successful gasoline-driven automobile. Johannesburg, South Africa
was incorporated. The Folies Bergère began in Paris. Robert
Louis Stevensons horror novel, The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, appeared. Das Kapital, by Karl Marx,
was published in English. The Georges Seurat painting, Sunday
Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte, was first shown. Sculptor
Auguste Rodins The Kiss was unveiled. In music, Mussorgskys
Night on Bald Mountain was first heard. And Israeli politician
(the first prime minister) David Ben-Gurion and Mexican muralist
Diego Rivera were born.
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