The first Chinese Christian church established in Hawaii with Sit Moon as its pastor.
Outlaw William Bonney ("Billy the Kid") killed by sheriff Patrick Garrett.
Wyatt Earp kills cattle rustlers at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary founded.
First Jim Crow law enacted in Tennessee; concerns the segregation of the railroad.
On a world tour, King Kalakaua of Hawaii visits Japan.
The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States of America and Canada is established; in 1886 the organization becomes the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
President Garfield is assassinated; Chester A. Arthur assumes the Presidency.
Chief Sitting Bull surrenders.