1888 in Germany

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1888
in
Germany

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See also: Other events of 1888
List of years in Germany

Events in the year 1888 in Germany.

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  • 9 March — Emperor Wilhelm I dies at the age of 90 in Berlin. He is succeeded by his oldest son Friedrich Wilhelm, who becomes Friedrich III.
  • 16 April — The German Empire annexes the island of Nauru
  • 15 June — Wilhelm II becomes German Emperor after the death of his father, Friedrich III.
  • August — In early August 1888,[1] without her husband's knowledge, Bertha Benz, with her sons Richard (aged 14) and Eugen (aged 15), drove in Benz's newly constructed Patent Motorwagen No. 3 automobile, from Mannheim to her own birthplace, Pforzheim, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over more than a very short distance
  • 13 December — Heinrich Hertz presents his report on the discovery of electromagnetic radiation to the Berlin Academy of Sciences
  • Date unknown - Karl Benz, inventor of the modern automobile, had to receive written permission driver's licence from the Grand Ducal authorities to operate his car on public roads in 1888

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  1. ^ Winfried A. Seidel: Carl Benz. Eine badische Geschichte. Edition Diesbach, Weinheim 2005, ISBN 3-936468-29-X., page 43