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1882 1883 1884


  • French military forces capture Hanoi from Vietnamese and Chinese "Black Flag" defenders.
  • Kingdom of Hawaii limits Chinese importation to 600 every three months.
  • Karl Marx dies.
  • Miguel Almereyda (Bonaventure Vigo) is born.
  • Seychelles Parakeet becomes extinct.


  • January 3: Clement Atlee is born.
  • July 29: Benito Mussolini is born in a village in Romagna.
  • September 8: Sitting Bull speaks in Sioux to a crowd of whites at the ceremony in Bismarck, North Dakota at which the last spike is driven in the Northern Pacific Railroad. Sitting Bull tells the assembled, "I hate all the white people. You are thieves and liars. You have taken away our land and made us outcasts." Not knowing what has been said, they clap politely.
  • December 1: U.S. Pres. Chester Arthur endorses the colonial enterprise in the Congo of Leopold II, King of the Belgians, describing it as "philanthropic."
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