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1888-Did You Know?

Spring/Summer 2013

-There were just over 50 million people living in the United States (now there are over 300 million).

-There were only eight cities in the country with more than 250,000 residents (New York City, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boston, St Louis, Baltimore, and Cincinnati).

-Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming were not states yet.

-The year 1888 is currently the year that, when written in Roman numerals, has the most digits (13) – MDCCCLXXXVIII.

-Knute Rockne (legendary Notre Dame football coach) was born on March 4.

-On March 11-14, the “Great Blizzard of 1888” blanketed parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut with up to 50 inches of snow.

-On August 5, Bertha Benz (wife of Mercedes-Benz founder Karl Benz) took the first-ever long distance automobile trip, traveling 66 miles in the Benz Patent Moterwagen from Mannheim to Pforzheim, Germany, supposedly without the knowledge of her husband, to visit her mother, taking her sons Eugene and Richard.

-On September 4, George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak, and received a patent for his camera which uses roll film.

-On October 9, the Washington Monument officially opened to the general public.

-Democratic Party incumbent Grover Cleveland won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College vote to Republican challenger Benjamin Harrison, therefore losing the presidential election.

-Harpo Marx (The Marx Brothers) was born on November 23.

-National Geographic magazine published its first issue.

-Companies established in 1888 include Columbia Records, Hunt’s Ketchup, and Michelin Tires.