1886 in the United States
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|1886 in the United States|
|Years:||1883 1884 1885 – 1886 – 1887 1888 1889|
38 stars (1877–90)
Events from the year 1886 in the United States.
- President: Grover Cleveland (Democratic)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: Morrison Waite
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: John G. Carlisle (D-Kentucky)
- Congress: 49th
- February 14 – The first train load of oranges leaves Los Angeles via the transcontinental railroad.
- March – Anti-Chinese sentiments result in riots in Seattle, USA.
- March 17 – Carrollton Massacre: 20 African Americans are killed in Mississippi.
- May 1 – A general strike begins in the United States, which escalates into the Haymarket Riot and eventually wins the eight-hour workday in the U.S.
- May 8 – Pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would be named Coca-Cola.
- May 17 – Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that corporations have the same rights as living persons.
- May 29 – Pharmacist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola (advertisement in the Atlanta Journal).
- June 2 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion. She is 27 years his junior.
- June 9 – The centennial of the Stoughton Musical Society is celebrated.
- July 23 – Steve Brodie fakes a jump from the Brooklyn Bridge.
- August 20 – A massive hurricane demolishes the town of Indianola, Texas.
- August 31 – An earthquake of between 7.3 and 7.6 on the Richter Scale hits Charleston, South Carolina, leaving 40,000 homeless.
- September 4 – Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders with his last band of warriors to General Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
- October 28 – In New York Harbor, U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
- Undated – Father Augustine Tolton, the first Roman Catholic priest from the United States to proclaim himself African American, is ordained in Rome.
- Gilded Age (1869–c. 1896)
- February 27 – Hugo Black, United States Senator from Alabama from 1927 till 1937 and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1937 till 1971. Died in 1971.
- January 13 – Thomas Wakeman, founded the first Sioux Indian YMCA (born 1846)
- January 22 – James T. Farley, United States Senator from California from 1879 till 1885. (born 1829)
- January 26 – David Rice Atchison, United States Senator from Missouri from 1844 till 1855. (born 1807)
- March 8 – John Franklin Miller, United States Senator from California from 1881 till 1886. (born 1831)
- March 9 – Jerome B. Chaffee, United States Senator from Colorado from 1876 till 1879. (born 1825)
- March 13 – Austin Flint, co-founder of Buffalo Medical College and president of the American Medical Association (born 1812)
- May 21 – Stephen Pearl Andrews, anarchist and proponent of pantarchy (born 1812)
- June 26 – David Davis, United States Senator from Illinois from 1877 till 1883. (born 1815)
- August 4 – Samuel J. Tilden, 25th Governor of New York from 1875 till 1876 and 1876 Democratic presidential candidate. (born 1814)
- August 10 – John W. Stevenson, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1871 till 1877. (born 1812)
- October 10 – David Levy Yulee, United States Senator from Florida from 1845 till 1851 and from 1855 till 1861. (born 1810)
- November 18 – Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States from 1881 till 1885. (born 1829)
- December 26 – John A. Logan, United States Senator from Illinois from 1871 to 1877. (born 1826)
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