My Cash & Miles adventures mostly take place in the 1880s. An upcoming story is set in 1885 to be exact which, as you can see, was a busy year.
January 4 – The first successful appendectomy is performed by Dr. William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
February 21 – United States President Chester A. Arthur dedicates the Washington Monument.
March 4 – Grover Cleveland succeeds Chester A. Arthur as President of the United States.
March 14 – W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's The Mikado opens at the Savoy Theatre.
May 2 - Good Housekeeping Magazine goes on sale for the first time.
June 17 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
July 6 – Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies. The patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog.
July 14 – Sarah E. Goode is the first female African-American to apply for and receive a patent, for the invention of the hideaway bed.
July 23. News of the death of Gen. U. S. Grant, at Mount McGregor, N. Y., received at Philadelphia at 8.12 A. M. The State House bell was tolled sixty-three times, one stroke for each year of his age. Immediately flags were hoisted at half mast in all parts of the city.
September 2 – The Rock Springs Massacre occurs in Rock Springs, Wyoming; 150 white miners attack their Chinese coworkers, killing 28, wounding 15, and forcing several hundred more out of town.
September 15 – A train wreck of the P.T. Barnum Circus kills giant elephant Jumbo.
November 7 – Canadian Pacific Railway: In Craigellachie, British Columbia, construction ends on a railway extending across Canada. Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald considers the project to be vital to Canada due to the exponentially greater potential for military mobility.
Books published: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time, Jules Verne’s Mathias Sandorf, and H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon's Mines.
Click over to Wikipedia for more '85 events.
Illustration of Gideon Miles by William Erving from the forthcoming eBook ADVENTURES OF CASH LARAMIE AND GIDEON MILES.