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Sigma Chi Timeline 1881-1905


Year Sigma Chi World*
  • The Fraternity’s first magazine, The Sigma Chi, was established under the supervision of Theta Chapter at Gettysburg College, Pa. In 1926 it became The Magazine of Sigma Chi.
  • Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes.
  • Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.
  • American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton.
  • The 14th Grand Chapter, held in Chicago, adopted a transitional form of centralized government. Delegates elected John S. McMillin, DePauw 1876, the first Grand Consul.
  • Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
  • 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison.
  • Sigma Chi reached the Pacific Coast with the establishment of Alpha Beta chapter at the University of California–Berkeley.
  • 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, MA.
  • Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen.
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland.
  • The Sigma Chi Bulletin, the first Greek-letter private publication for members only, was born.
  • Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
  • Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria
  • Chi Chapter at Hanover College became the first chapter in Sigma Chi to move into its own home.
  • Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer.
  • Ellis Island designated as an immigration station
  • The last honorary member of Sigma Chi, President Grover Cleveland, was initiated on January 26. He is the only Sigma Chi to have held the office of President of the United States.
  • World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • First appearance of an electric car.
  • The 22nd Grand Chapter, held July 25-27 in Chicago, elected Founder Benjamin Piatt Runkle to be Grand Consul, the only Founder to serve in that position.
  • French Capt Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later declared innocent.
  • Moving picture projector patented.
  • Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates his invention - the world's first radio receiver.
  • The Fraternity adopted Henry V. Vinton’s, Purdue 1885, flag design.
  • The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.
  • Start of the Boer War as S. Africa declares war on Great Britain./li>
  • The 25th Grand Chapter approved the Fraternity’s pledge pin.
  • Australia declares independence from federation of UK colonies.
  • Britain's Queen Victoria dies after 64 years on the throne.
  • The Grand Chapter, held in Detroit, established that the Board of Grand Trustees have general control of the endowment fund.
  • 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England.
  • Inspired by U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, the world's first Teddy Bear is introduced.
  • Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk.
  • The Semi-Centennial Grand Chapter was held in Cincinnati and Oxford, Ohio, July 27-30, with Founders Bell, Caldwell, Cooper and Runkle attending.
  • The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².
  • In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
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*Source of World Events: History Orb