1885 (MDCCCLXXXV in Roman numerals) is a year of the 19th century.
The Home Insurance Building, considered the first skyscraper in history, is completed in Chicago.
The daily La Voce del Popolo was founded in Rijeka
Alexander John Ellis devises the cent system
The Tianjin Convention between the Empires of China and Japan avoids a war for control of Korea
Gottlieb Daimler invents the first motorcycle.
January 17: A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan.
January 26: after conquering the city of Khartoum (Sudan), the Mahdi militiamen kill the British general Charles George Gordon, later considered Sudanese national hero.
March 31: British protectorate of Bechuanaland established
April 5: An American named Seldon obtains the patent for the first motorized car (7 years before Ford produced its T).
April 30: the Congo Free State is born following the Berlin Conference
June 17: The Statue of Liberty, donated by the French, arrives in New York.
21 June: the railway line connecting the town to Brescia, the first section of the future Ferrovia Brescia Iseo Edolo, is inaugurated in Iseo.
July 6: Louis Pasteur successfully tests the rabies vaccine
There are about 1 090 rumors about people born in 1885; see the 1885 Born page for a descriptive list or the 1885 Born category for an alphabetical index.
There are about 330 rumors of people who died in 1885; see the Deaths in 1885 page for a descriptive list or the Deaths in 1885 category for an alphabetical index.
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