HOUDINI TIMELINE






 

 

Houdini Events
 

 

Historical Events
 

 
  1865
End of Civil War
 
 1874
Harry Houdini born Erich Weisz
(later changed to Weiss)
in Budapest, Hungary


1876
Alexander Graham Bell

invents telephone

 
 1878
Moves to Wisconsin

1879
Thomas Edison invents first
successful electric light bulb
 
 
1883
First appearance
before an audience


1883
Brooklyn Bridge is completed;
Barnum walks elephant
across bridge to show the
structure's strength

 
 
1886
Performs as "Erich the Great"

1886
Statue of Liberty completed
 
 


1887
Moves to Manhattan;
leaves home to follow
circuses and sideshows


1887
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes
the first Sherlock Holmes story
-- "A Study in Scarlet"
 
 

1889
Erich reads autobiography
by French Magician,
Jean Robert-Houdin

1888
Eastman Kodak perfects
"Kodak" box camera
 
 




1892
Father's death; Houdini works
as a cutter in a necktie factory,
a messanger, an electrical
driller, a photographer and as
an apprentice to a locksmith

Forms a "double-act" with
brother Theo (performed
under name Hardeen)

1890
Jacob Riis writes "How the
Other Half Lives"; Teddy
Roosevelt President
 
 
1893
Performs at the
Chicago World's Fair

1893
Henry Ford builds his first car
 
 
1894
Meets & marries Wilhelmina
Beatrice Rahner (Bess)


1895
Marconi invents radio
 
 
1898
Develops the
"Challenge" Handcuff Act
  
 


1899
Hired by Martin Beck as a
headline act on his vaudeville
Orpheum Circuit

  
 
1900
First show in Europe;
made $2,000 a week

1900
NYC's immigrant population is
more than a third of its total
population
 
  
1903
Orville and Wilber Wright's first
successful airplane
 
  
1904
National Child Labor
Committee formed
 
  
1905
Einstein's Relativity Theory
 
 
1908
Introduces Milk-Can Escape



1909
Robert Peary and Matthew
Henson reach North Pole
 
 
1910
Buys an airplane and makes
the first plane flight to Australia

1910
Manhattan Bridge completed
 
  
1912
S.S. Titanic disaster
 
 
1914
Builds the Chinese
Water Torture Cell

1914
World War I begins
 
 
1918
Presents Jenny, the
"Vanishing Elephant"
  
 
1919
Stars in motion pictures



1920
Prohibition and woman
suffrage amendment ratified
 
  
1925
Scopes Monkey Trial
 
 


1926
Testifies before
congressional committee
investigating spiritualists

Dies on October 31
(Halloween) of peritonitis
at age 52


1926
Ford's Model T sells for $290
 
  1929
Stock Market Crash
 
 


1936
Bess's séances
  

 

 HOUDINI PICTURES AND ADVERTISEMENTS




 

A handwritten note from Harry Houdini

 

 

 

Very rare early photograph of the Houdini's and their "Metamorphosis"
From the Geoffrey Hansen Collection

 

 

 

Very rare photograph of Houdini with a smile.
From the Geoffrey Hansen Collection.

 

 

 Very rare photograph of Houdini and his trained
bunny, Rudy, circa 1925

 

 

Very rare photograph of Houdini and famous magician
of another era, Harry Keller, November 1915, while Houdini
was appearing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. It was . 
a week after his appearence in Oakland.

 

 

Rare photo of Houdini taken in Seattle, Washington while on tour performing
the Orpheum Theatre circuit, 1915. The tour would take him across country
to every major city in North America. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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