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1887 1888 1889


  • Britain acquires Gambia, Sarawak, North Borneo protectorate and British New Guinea as imperial possessions.
  • Chile annexes Easter Island.
  • Charles de Feycinet becomes the first civilian Minister of War in France and holds the position until 1891.
  • Edward Bellamy publishes Looking Backward.
  • France annexes the Leeward Islands.
  • Italian troops occupy Asmara, Eritrea.
  • Alexander Bukharin is born.
  • Chen Changheng is born.


  • February 7: John L. Sullivan knocks out Paddy Ryan in Mississippi City to become the first recognized heavy weight champion.
  • October 26: Future Ukrainian anarchist leader Nestor Makhno Нестор Іванович Махно is born in Hulyai Pole, Ukraine, Russian Empire.]]
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