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1866 John Carter is transported to Barsoom.
Propaganda of the Deed
1865 A cannon fired from Florida sends three explorers from the Earth to the Moon.
1865 Nemo conducting biological experiments on the Mysterious Island (34°57′S 150°30′W about 2,500 km east of New Zealand).
1866 Using the advanced submarine Nautilus, Captain Nemo begins a campaign of terror against all sea powers.
Jules Verne (1828-1905)
1867-1882 Former Confederate spy Jesse James (b. 1847) leads a gang of outlaws in a series of spectacular crimes, including the great Northfield, Minnesota raid of 1876. Though officially killed in 1882, James was reportedly seen as late as 1948.
1867 Beginning of the commercial buffalo hunt.
1868 Scarlett O’Hara marries Rhett Butler.
1868 Buffalo Bill Cody wins his nickname in a buffalo-killing contest.
1868 Ulysses S Grant elected president.
1869 Leland Stanford hammers the Golden Spike to complete the transcontinental railroad.
1870 Calamity Jane (1852-1903) becomes a scout for Gen. George Custer.
1871 Paris Commune established.
1871 Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) becomes chancellor of the German Empire (until 1890).
1871 Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starts the Great Chicago Fire.
1871 As Marshal of Abilene, Kansas, Wild Bill Hickok disarms John Wesley Hardin.
1872 Phileas Fogg circumnavigates the globe in 80 days.
1872 Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876) splits with Marx at the First International
1873 Dorian Gray (1853-1891) has his picture painted.
1874 John Reid (b. 1850), the only survivor of a massacred band of Texas Rangers, adopts the persona of the Lone Ranger in order to pursue the killers.
1874 The Marie Celeste is found floating off the coast of Portugal, its crew mysteriously vanished.
1877 Chief Joseph (1840-1904) of the Nez Perce declares, “I will fight no more forever.”
1877 Thomas Edison (1847-1931) invents the phonograph, his first major invention.
1877 Hanging of the Molly McGuires
1878 Start of the Hatfield/McCoy feud across the Kentucky/West Virginia border, which continues until 1891.
1878 Ned Kelly (1854-1880) goes into hiding in the Outback.
1879 Zulu war.
1880 A phantom terrorizes the French Opera.
1881 Sherlock Holmes (1854-1957) meets Dr. James Watson
1882 Judge Roy Bean becomes the Law West of the Pecos.
1882 Nietzsche (1844-1900) declares God is dead.
1883 Extinction of the quagga.
1883 Dinah working on the railroad, blowing her horn.
1884 Allan Quartermain (b. 1830) discovers King Solomon’s Mines.
1884 The Buffalo virtually extinct.
1885 Annie Oakley joins Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show.
1886 Dr. Henry Jekyll is the victim of his own strange experiments.
1887 John Henry (b. 1844) dies in a contest with a steam engine.
1887 Holmes encounters Irene Adler.
1887 Revolution on the Island of Dr. Moreau.
1889-1890 New York World reporter Nelly Bly bests Fogg’s time by crossing the globe in 72 days.
1888 Mighty Casey strikes out in Mudville, Massachusetts.
1888-1946+ The infant Lord Graystone is adopted by gorillas and becomes Tarzan of the Apes.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
1888 Jack the Ripper murders
1888 Holmes is forced to consult with his brother Mycroft Holmes, who is highly placed in British intelligence.
1889 Marlow travels up the Congo with a Polish-born steamship captain named Joseph Conrad to encounter a megalomaniacal colonist named Kurtz.
1889 Completion of the Eiffel Tower
1889 The Johnstown Flood
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