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1887 in

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Timeline for 1887
19th century | 1880s

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Prior to 28 June, Julia Hardwick, a young woman from the early 21st century, was transported to 1887 by the Weeping Angels. (WC: A Ghost Story for Christmas)

On 28 June, Julia Hardwick, still recovering from her temporal displacement, tried to convince people that she was from the future. Her story caught the attention of a local newspaper in Hull, which published a story about her on this date. The article noted that her claims were being taken seriously. (WC: A Ghost Story for Christmas)

On 14 August, George Nevil and his fiancée Mary Elizabeth Reilly were killed in a freak snowstorm in Brighton. The music hall performer and astrologer Gypsy Nancy Lee seemingly predicted this event three days before it happened. (AUDIO: Jago in Love)

On 10 November, American gunfighter Doc Holliday died, but not before giving Ned Buntline a detailed account of an aspect of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral on 26 October 1881, which was not generally recorded in the history books, involving another Doctor. (PROSE: The Gunfighters)

Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet, the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes, was published. Doyle had been commissioned to ghost write fictionalised accounts of the cases of a real consulting detective and his physician assistant, called in the stories, "Dr. Watson." Doyle's fictional version of the detective was inspired by the Fourth Doctor, whom he had met several years earlier. The real detectives on whom Holmes and Watson were based on also had their own adventure with the Seventh Doctor. (PROSE: Evolution, All-Consuming Fire)

Esperanto was invented by Zamenhof to become a universal language of peace. (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks)

During the Bloody Sunday demonstration in Trafalgar Square, three protesters were killed by the police and many more were injured. After these events, Joseph Montague shut down his factory. (AUDIO: Children of Steel)