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1888... What a Year!

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1888, the year Manischewitz® began, was a legendary year for its blizzard alone. The Great Blizzard came on March 12 after a warm spell that opened the buds on the trees in New York's Central Park. It dumped as much as forty to fifty inches of snow from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, creating snowdrifts that covered houses at forty to fifty feet high! The transportation crisis led to the creation of the New York City Subway, approved in 1894 and begun in 1900.

  • January 3 - The first wax drinking straw was patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, DC
  • January 13 - National Geographic Society founded
  • March 11 - Great blizzard of '88 strikes the Northeast U.S.
  • March 20 - Rabbi Manischewitz announces he is going to make matzos and opens a small bakery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 7 - George Eastman patents the Kodak box camera
  • May 13 - Princess Isabel of Brazil signs "Lei Aurea" abolishing slavery in her country
  • May 14 - George Covington wins the 14th Kentucky Derby aboard MacBeth II
  • May 22 - Leroy Buffington patents a system to build first skyscraper
  • June 1 - California gets its first seismograph to measure earthquakes
  • June 5 - Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for President
  • June 13 - US Congress creates the Department of Labor
  • June 23 - Frederick Douglass is the first African-American nominated for President
  • June 25 - Benjamin Harrison received the presidential nomination during the Republican Convention in Chicago
  • July 3 - New York Giant pitcher Rube Marquard ties record of Tim Keefe's 19 game win-streak
  • July 4 - First organized rodeo competition held in Prescott, Arizona
  • July 27 - Philip Pratt unveils first electric automobile
  • August 7 - Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents the revolving door
  • August 19 - First beauty contest is held in Spa, Belgium
  • August 21 - William Seward Burroughs patents the first successful adding machine in the U.S.
  • September 1 - Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
  • September 4 - George Eastman patents first roll-film camera and registers "Kodak" as a brand name
  • September 7 - Edith Eleanor McLean is the first baby placed in an incubator
  • October 9 - Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • October 31 - John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tire
  • November 6 - Benjamin Harrison beats President Grover Cleveland
  • November 20 - William Bundy patents timecard clock
  • December 23 - Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his left ear
  • December 25 - First indoor baseball game played at Fairgrounds in Philadelphia

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