From left, clockwise: A famous gunfight erupts at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881; a long-distance passenger train called the Orient Express begins running between Paris and Constantinople in 1883; U.S. Congress bans Chinese immigrants from entering the U.S. for ten years, starting in 1882; South Fork Dam fails after heavy rainfall and floods the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing over two thousand people; George Eastman introduces the Kodak No 1 and the camera becomes an enormous success; Chicago's Haymarket Square is the scene of a bombing that kills at least seven police officers and four civilians during a massive protest from a labor rally and is generally considered the origin of modern May Day protests; settlers try to claim land during the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889; combined groups of British and Sudanese forces on opposing sides fight during a nationalist uprising against the Khedive Tewfik Pasha.
Millennium:2nd millennium

The 1880s was a decade that began on January 1, 1880, and ended on December 31, 1889. The decade occurred at the core period of the Second Industrial Revolution. The modern city as well as the sky-scraper rose to prominence in this decade as well, contributing to the economic prosperity of the time. The 1880s were also part of the Gilded Age, in the United States, which lasted from 1874 to 1907.

Politics and wars


Internal conflicts


  • France colonizes Indochina (1883)
  • German colonization (1887)
  • Increasing colonial interest and conquest in Africa leads representatives from Britain, France, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain to divide Africa into regions of colonial influence at the Berlin Conference. This would be followed over the next few decades by conquest of almost the entirety of the remaining uncolonised parts of the continent, broadly along the lines determined. (1889)

Prominent political events

Other Languages
العربية: عقد 1880
aragonés: Anyos 1880
asturianu: Década del 1880
azərbaycanca: 1880-ci illər
Bân-lâm-gú: 1880 nî-tāi
беларуская: 1880-я
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: 1880-я
bosanski: 1880-e
Чӑвашла: 1880-мĕш çулсем
čeština: 1880-1889
Cymraeg: 1880au
dansk: 1880'erne
davvisámegiella: 1880-lohku
Deutsch: 1880er
emiliàn e rumagnòl: An 1880
эрзянь: 1880 це иеть
español: Años 1880
Esperanto: 1880-aj jaroj
Fiji Hindi: 1880s
føroyskt: 1880-árini
français: Années 1880
Gaeilge: 1880í
Gàidhlig: 1880an
贛語: 1880年代
한국어: 1880년대
hrvatski: 1880-ih
Bahasa Indonesia: 1880-an
Ирон: 1880-тæ
íslenska: 1881-1890
italiano: Anni 1880
Jawa: 1880-an
ქართული: 1880-იანები
Kiswahili: Miaka ya 1880
Latina: Anni 1880
latviešu: 1880. gadi
Ligure: Anni 1880
македонски: 1880-ти
Bahasa Melayu: 1880-an
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: 1880 nièng-dâi
Nederlands: 1880-1889
日本語: 1880年代
norsk nynorsk: 1880-åra
Nouormand: Annaées 1880
олык марий: 1880 ийла
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: 1880-lar
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: 1880 ਦਾ ਦਹਾਕਾ
português: Década de 1880
română: Anii 1880
Runa Simi: 1880 watakuna
русский: 1880-е годы
саха тыла: 1880-с
Sesotho sa Leboa: 1880s
shqip: Vitet 1880
sicilianu: 1880ini
Simple English: 1880s
slovenščina: 1880.
српски / srpski: 1880-е
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: 1880-e
Sunda: 1880-an
suomi: 1880-luku
svenska: 1880-talet
தமிழ்: 1880கள்
татарча/tatarça: 1880-еллар
Türkmençe: 1880ýý
українська: 1880-ті
Tiếng Việt: Thập niên 1880
吴语: 1880年代
ייִדיש: 1880ער
粵語: 1880年代
中文: 1880年代