Book - 1888
Good condition set of four. This set is sold at a premium because it is the year of Jack the Ripper.
Please note, it has jack the Ripper coverage but it is not pictorial or with large headlines. However, it is the 1888 set and if any, its the year I want to keep, for some strange reason.
26 January — The Lawn Tennis Association is founded.
13 February — The first issue of the Financial Times goes on sale. (originally launched on 9 January by Horatio Bottomley as the London Financial Guide).
23 March — A meeting called by William McGregor to discuss establishment of The Football League is held in London.
3 April — London prostitute Emma Elizabeth Smith is brutally attacked by two or three men, dying of her injuries the following day, first of the Whitechapel murders but probably not a victim of Jack the Ripper.
8 May — Royal opening of the International Exhibition of Science, Art and Industry in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow (continues to November).
28 May — Celtic Football Club of Glasgow play their first official match, beating Rangers 5–2.
June — Annie Besant organises the London matchgirls' strike.
7 August — Whitechapel murders: The body of London prostitute Martha Tabram is found, a possible victim of Jack the Ripper.
9 August — Oaths Act permits the oath of allegiance taken to the Sovereign by Members of Parliament to be affirmed rather than sworn to God, thus confirming the ability of atheists to sit in the House of Commons.
13 August — The Local Government Act, effective from 1889, establishes county councils and county borough councils in England and Wales, redraws some county boundaries, and gives women the vote in local elections.
31 August — Whitechapel murders: The mutilated body of London prostitute Mary Ann Nichols is found, perhaps the first victim of Jack the Ripper.
6 September — Charles Turner becomes the first bowler in cricket to take 250 wickets in an English season, a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times).
8 September Whitechapel murders: The mutilated body of London prostitute Annie Chapman is found. She is considered to be the second victim of Jack the Ripper.
8 September - In England, the first six Football League matches are played. The 12 members of the new league are Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Burnley, Accrington, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Notts County, Derby County and Stoke City, all from the north of England or the midlands. The first goal in the League is scored by Kenny Davenport of Bolton Wanderers.
27 September — Whitechapel murders: The 'Dear Boss letter' signed "Jack the Ripper", the first time the name is used, is received by London's Central News Agency.
30 September — Whitechapel murders: The bodies of London prostitutes Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, the latter mutilated, are found. They are generally considered Jack the Ripper's third and fourth victim respectively.
2 October — The Whitehall Mystery: Dismembered remains of a woman's body are discovered at three central London locations, one being the construction site of New Scotland Yard.
14 October — The first recorded film, Roundhay Garden Scene, is made in Roundhay in Leeds. The film is two seconds and 18 frames in length.
8 November — Joseph Assheton Fincher files a patent for the parlour game which he calls "Tiddledy-Winks".
9 November — Whitechapel murders: The mutilated body of London prostitute Mary Jane Kelly is found. She is considered to be the fifth, and last, of Jack the Ripper's victims. A number of similar murders in England follows, but the police attribute them to copy-cat killers.
7 December — John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tyre.
17 December — The Lyric Theatre (London) opens.