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Wilhelm I on his death bed, with his last signature
Kaiser Wilhelm I dies in Berlin at the age of 90.
20 marks with portrait of Frederick III.
Friedrich III. dies after only 99 days of reign.

Wilhelm II.
Wilhelm II becomes
German Emperor.
Logo of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
The Social Democratic Party of Switzerland is founded.

Wanted poster of the London Police
Jack the Ripper drives
in Whitechapel on the loose.
The production version of the motor vehicle from 1888
Bertha Benz takes the first overland trip in an automobile , the Benz patent motor car number 3 .
1888 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1336/37 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1880/81 (turn of the year 10/11 September)
Baha'i calendar 44/45 (March 20/21)
Bengali solar calendar 1293/94 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2431/32 (southern Buddhism); 2430/31 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 76th (77th) cycle

Year of the earth-rat戊子 ( at the beginning of the year fire-pig 丁亥)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1250/51 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4221/22 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1266/67 (around March 21)
Islamic calendar 1305/06 (September 7/8)
Japanese calendar Meiji 21 ( 明治 21 年 );
Koki 2548
Jewish calendar 5648/49 (September 5-6)
Coptic calendar 1604/05 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 1063/64
Rumi Calendar (Ottoman Empire) 1303/04 (March 1)
Seleucid era Babylon: 2198/99 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2199/2200 (turn of the year October)

Suriyakati Calendar (Thai Solar Calendar) 2430/31 (April 1st)
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1944/45 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

German Empire

Other events in Europe

Wilhelm Hertenstein


United States of America

Electoral votes by state

South America

The Lei Áurea
  • May 13th : Princess Isabella of Brazil , who reigns for her father Pedro II , who is in Europe , signs the Lei Áurea decided by the Senate the day before to abolish slavery in Brazil . With the signing of the law, Brazil will be the last western country to abolish slavery. The law releases around one million slaves into freedom. Isabella receives popularly the honorary title A Redentora ("the Redeemer") and is given by Pope Leo XIII. honored with a golden rose .


Annexation ceremony and flag raising

Other events worldwide


World exhibition

Gran Hotel Internacional in Barcelona


  • The photographer Ottomar Anschütz patented the shutter of the blind in front of the image plane.

Business start-ups



science and technology

Hans Bartsch von Sigsfeld



The Eiffel Tower is still under construction in 1888
Paul Louis Delance , Eiffel Tower, View from the Seine , 1888, oil on canvas

Visual arts

  • December 23 : Vincent van Gogh injured his right ear under unknown circumstances.


Music and theater



"The interruption of the Munich pageant for the centenary celebration of King Ludwig I by the shooed elephants", contemporary woodcut
August 31 : victim found by Jack the Ripper ?


Roman Catholic Church

Anglican Church


After the Great Blizzard of 1888
Sundsvall after the fire
  • June 25 : In Sundsvall , Sweden’s largest city fire breaks out. 400 farms are destroyed and 9,000 residents are left homeless. On the same day, a major fire raged in Umeå , killing 2,500 of the 3,000 residents there.
  • July 15 : The eruption of the Bandai volcano in Japan kills 461; 70 people are injured.
  • August 14 : The Danish passenger steamer Geiser sinks off Sable Island after colliding with a ship from the same shipping company. 118 people die.
The tsar's failed court train

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Catastrophe .





Jakob Kaiser 1950
Otto Stern










CV Raman
Andrei Nikolaevich Tupolev


Friedrich Murnau

Exact date of birth unknown


First quarter

Wilhelm I, 1884

Second quarter

Friedrich III., 1874

Third quarter

Theodor Storm, 1886
John Pemberton

Fourth Quarter

  • 0December 1 : Anthim I , Bulgarian prelate, politician, exarch and head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (* 1816 )
Carl Zeiss, around 1861

Exact date of death unknown


Because of the shape of the last three digits, the year 1888 was humorously called the three- pretzel year .

Web links

Commons : 1888  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karl August Schleiden: Saarbrücken - as it was . 2nd Edition. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1975, p. 95 (there the first page of the chronicle of the Saarbrücker Musikverein “Harmonie”).