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  • Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1886

    Vladimir Lenin

    Death of father

    Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jan 12, 1886

    In January 1886, when Lenin was 15, his father died of a brain haemorrhage. Subsequently, his behaviour became erratic and confrontational and he renounced his belief in God.




  • France
    Saturday May 1, 1886

    Eiffel Tower

    Lockroy announced an alteration to the terms of the open competition being held for a centrepiece to the exposition

    France
    Saturday May 1, 1886

    Little progress was made until 1886, when Jules Grévy was re-elected as president of France and Édouard Lockroy was appointed as minister for trade. A budget for the exposition was passed and, on 1 May, Lockroy announced an alteration to the terms of the open competition being held for a centrepiece to the exposition, which effectively made the selection of Eiffel's design a foregone conclusion, as entries had to include a study for a 300 m (980 ft) four-sided metal tower on the Champ de Mars. (A 300-meter tower was then considered a herculean engineering effort).




  • France
    Wednesday May 12, 1886

    Eiffel Tower

    Commission was set up to examine Eiffel's scheme and its rivals

    France
    Wednesday May 12, 1886

    On 12 May, a commission was set up to examine Eiffel's scheme and its rivals.




  • Płońsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (Poland now)
    Saturday Oct 16, 1886

    David Ben-Gurion

    Birth

    Płońsk, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (Poland now)
    Saturday Oct 16, 1886

    David Ben-Gurion was born in Płońsk in Congress Poland – then part of the Russian Empire.




  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 28, 1886

    Statue of Liberty

    Ticker-Tape parade Beginning

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Oct 28, 1886

    A ceremony of dedication was held on the afternoon of October 28, 1886. President Grover Cleveland, the former New York governor, presided over the event. On the morning of the dedication, a parade was held in New York City; estimates of the number of people who watched it ranged from several hundred thousand to a million. President Cleveland headed the procession, then stood in the reviewing stand to see bands and marchers from across America. General Stone was the grand marshal of the parade. The route began at Madison Square, once the venue for the arm, and proceeded to the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan by way of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, with a slight detour so the parade could pass in front of the Worldbuilding on Park Row. As the parade passed the New York Stock Exchange, traders threw ticker tape from the windows, beginning the New York tradition of the ticker-tape parade.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 2, 1886

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Second Marriage

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 2, 1886

    On December 2, 1886, Roosevelt married his childhood and family friend, Edith Kermit Carow.




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