1884 events in history

Jan 4 The Fabian Society is founded in London, England, United Kingdom
Jan 18 Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom
Feb 1 The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published
Feb 19 More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history
Mar 13 The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins, ending on January 26, 1885
Mar 27 A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio, attacks members of a jury who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder, and then over the next few days would riot and destroy the courthouse
Apr 20 Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum Genus
May 1 Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States
May 1 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States
May 20 Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation
May 31 The arrival at Plymouth of Tāwhiao, King of Maoris, to claim the protection of Queen Victoria
Jun 16 The first purpose-built roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson's "Switchback Railway", opens in New York's Coney Island amusement park
Jul 3 Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average
Jul 5 Germany takes possession of Cameroon
Aug 5 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor
Oct 6 The Naval War College of the United States Navy is founded in Newport, Rhode Island
Oct 13 Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude
Oct 14 The American inventor, George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film
Nov 1 The Gaelic Athletic Association is set up in Hayes's Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary
Dec 6 The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed
Dec 10 Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published