1870-1889

This page contains a timeline of major events related to the Lost Generation between 1870 and 1889, with U.S. and world events to provide context.

Next: 1890-1899

  • 1873

    December 17 – Ford Madox Ford born in Merton, Surrey, England

  • 1874

    February 3 – Gertrude Stein born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania

  • 1876

    September 13 – Sherwood Anderson born in Camden, Ohio

  • 1877

    March 5 –Rutherford B. Hayes sworn in as 19th U.S. President

  • 1878

    March 3 – Edward Thomas born in Lambeth, England

  • 1880

    June 17 – Carl Van Vechten born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    September 12 – H.L. Mencken born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1881

    March 4 –James A. Garfield sworn in as the 20th U.S. President

    July 2 –President Garfield assassinated

    September 20 – Chester A. Arthur sworn in as the 21st US President

  • 1882

    January 25 – Virginia Woolf born in London, England

    February 2 – James Joyce born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1883

    November 7 –Sara Murphy born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1884

    September 20 – Maxwell Perkins born in New York, New York

  • 1885

    February 7 – Sinclair Lewis born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota

    March 4 – Grover Cleveland sworn in as the 22nd U.S. President

    March 6 – Ring Lardner born in Niles, Michigan

    August 15 – Edna Ferber born in Kalamazoo, Michigan

    October 30 – Ezra Pound born in Hailey, Idaho

  • 1886

    February 16 – Van Wyck Brooks born in Plainfield, New Jersey

    May 10 – Olaf Stapledon born near Liverpool, England

    November 24 – Margaret Anderson born in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 1887

    March 14 – Sylvia Beach born in Baltimore, Maryland
    August 3 – Rupert Brooke born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England

  • 1888

    March 25 – Gerald Murphy born in Boston, Massachusetts

    June 22 – Alan Seeger born in New York City, New York

    July 2 – James Boyd born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    September 26 – T. S. Eliot born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1889

    March 4 – Benjamin Harrison sworn in as the 23rd U.S. President

    November 2 –North Dakota becomes the 39th state, South Dakota the 40th

    November 8 – Montana becomes the 41st state

    November 11 – Washington becomes the 42nd state

  • See also: 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

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