1886 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1886 in the United Kingdom.
- Monarch — Queen Victoria
- Prime Minister — Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative; until 28 January), William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal; until 20 July), Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative; after 20 July)
- January — Ulster Protestant Unionists begin to lobby against the Irish Home Rule Bill, establishing the Ulster Loyal Anti-Repeal Union in Belfast.
- 13 January — After six years of campaigning, the atheist Charles Bradlaugh is permitted to affirm rather than take the traditional oath, allowing him to take his seat as a Member of Parliament.
- 18 January — The Hockey Association is founded, largely on the initiative of sports clubs in the London area, and codifies the rules for hockey.
- 27 January — Salisbury loses supports of the Irish Party, and resigns as Prime Minister.
- 1 February
- 7–8 February — Two days of rioting in the West End of London by the unemployed, coinciding with the coldest winter in thirty years.
- 10 March — First Crufts dog show held in London.
- April — New English Art Club mounts its first exhibition.
- 8 April — Gladstone introduces the Government of Ireland Bill (the first Irish Home Rule Bill) in the House of Commons. During the debates on the Bill
- Financial Secretary to the Treasury H.H. Fowler states his support for the Bill which in his words would bring about a "real Union—not an act of Parliament Union—but a moral Union, a Union of heart and soul between two Sister Nations".
- Lord Randolph Churchill voices his opposition with the slogan "Ulster will fight, Ulster will be right".
- 11 May — The International Exhibition of Navigation, Commerce and Industry in Liverpool is opened by Queen Victoria.
- 8 June — The Irish Home Rule Bill fails to pass in Parliament on a vote of 343-313. Ulster Protestants celebrate its defeat, leading to renewed rioting on the streets of Belfast and the deaths of seven people, with many more injured.
- 12 June — Gladstone calls for a dissolution of Parliament.
- 25 June
- 30 June — Royal Holloway College opened by Queen Victoria in Surrey.
- 12 July–mid-September — Belfast riots: Beginning with the Orange Institution parades and continuing sporadically throughout the summer, clashes take place between Catholics and Protestants, and also between Loyalists and police. Thirteen people are killed in a weekend of serious rioting, with an official death toll of 31 people over the period.
- 23 July — The inaugural Eclipse Stakes, run at Sandown Park in Surrey with a prize fund of £10,000 donated by Leopold de Rothschild, making it at this time the richest British horse race, is won by the stallion Bendigo.
- 27 July — General election won by the Conservative Party under Salisbury.
- 1 September — The Severn Tunnel opens.
- 11 October — Memorial statue to Sister Dora unveiled in Walsall.
- 9 December
- 25 December — Great snow storm in London.
- Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women founded by Dr Sophia Jex-Blake.
- The following Association football clubs are founded:
- Ormonde wins the English Triple Crown by finishing first in the Epsom Derby, 2,000 Guineas and St Leger.
- Scotch whisky distiller William Grant & Sons is founded.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett's first children's novel Little Lord Fauntleroy (complete in book form)
- Marie Corelli's first novel A Romance of Two Worlds.
- Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge.
- Henry James' novel The Bostonians.
- Robert Louis Stevenson's novels Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
24 Jan- Holly Born
- 10 May — Olaf Stapledon, author and philosopher (died 1950)
- 20 May — John Jacob Astor, 1st Baron Astor of Hever, businessman (died 1971)
- 18 June — George Mallory, climber (died 1924)
- 24 June — George Shiels, dramatist (died 1949)
- 26 August — Ronald Niel Stuart, Royal Navy Captain (died 1954)
- 27 August — Rebecca Helferich Clarke, composer and violist (died 1979)
- 27 August — Eric Coates, composer (died 1957)
- 13 September — Robert Robinson, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1975)
- 20 September — Charles Williams, author (died 1945)
- 26 September — Archibald Vivian Hill, physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1977)
- 16 April — Andrew Nicholl, painter (born 1804)
- 9 August — Samuel Ferguson, poet and artist (born 1810)
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