Houdini Timeline

Houdini TimelineHoudini 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 

 

 

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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 Secret"


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)


1985
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