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- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra published.
- Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky wrote The Brothers Karamazov.
- Robert Louis Stevenson published Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
- Arthur Conan Doyle published his first edition of Sherlock Holmes.
- The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in 1886.
- Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria- Hungary in
- Wilhelm I, Emperor of the German Empire
- Wilhelm II, Emperor of the German Empire
- Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire
- Umberto, King of Italy
- Leo XIII. Pope
- Alexander III. , Tsar of Russia
- Jules Grévy, French President
- Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
- Robert Gascoyne - Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
- William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
- John Macdonald, Prime Minister of Canada
- Grover Cleveland, President of the United States
- Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States
- Meiji Emperor in Japan
- Cixi, Empress Dowager of China
- Naser ad -Din Shah, Shah of Persia
- Friedrich Nietzsche, writers
- Mark Twain, American writer
- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Russian writer
- Arthur Conan Doyle, writer
- Helen Keller, American writer, blind and deaf