21st. January Monday
A town's meeting was held under the presidency of Mr. R. Neill, the mayor, January 21, when resolutions in favour of prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors on Sunday were unanimously adopted.(7)

23rd. January Wednesday
The Albert memorial in Albert Square was formally presented to the citizens of Manchester by Mrs. Goadsby, widow of Alderman Goadsby, at whose expense the memorial was erected, January 23.(7)

1st. February Friday
A meeting was held in the mayor's parlour, February 1, at which it was proposed to raise from 100,000 to 150,000 for the extension of the Owens College. Subscriptions of 18,000 were announced to the building fund, and 6,000 to the engineering fund.(7)

13th. February Wednesday
Mr. James Beardoe, of Ardwick Green, died February 13. He was well known as a collector of pictures and antiques.(7)

10th. March Sunday
An explosion occurred at the gasworks, Rochdale Road, March 10, when seven men were severely injured.(7)

30th. April Tuesday
A volunteer bazaar was held in the Free Trade Hall, April 30. The object was to obtain funds for building armouries, drill sheds, &c.(7)

2nd. May Thursday
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Freemasons was held in the Salford Town Hall, by Mr. Stephen Blair, P.G.M. of East Lancashire, May 2.(7)

8th. May Wednesday
A testimonial was presented to Dr. John Watts, in recognition of his many public services, May 8.(7)

19th. May Sunday
Mr. John Clowes Grundy, picture and print dealer, Exchange Street, died May 19, aged 60.(7)

31st. May Friday
30 Victoria, cap. 36. Act for enabling the mayor, aldermen, and citizens of the city of Manchester, to extend their waterworks and the limits of their water supply, to make a new street in Ardwick and other improvements, to acquire additional lands, and for other purposes. May 31.(7)

31st. May Friday
30 Victoria, cap. 58. Act for altering, amending, and extending the provisions of the Salford Improvement Acts, 1862, for authorising the extension of the gasworks, the construction of a new street, the raising of further moneys, and for other purposes. May 31.(7)

31st. May Friday
The Northern Department of the Reform League convened a conference, which was held in the mayor's parlour, May 31, under the presidency of Alderman Carter, of Leeds.(7)

The Clinical Hospital and Dispensary for Children, Park Place, York Street, Cheetham, was opened in May.(7)

The Angel Meadow burial-ground was asphalted and converted into an open-space playground in May.(7)

1st. June Saturday
A combined Reform demonstration, consisting of a procession of trades and societies, and an open-air meeting was held in a field near Stretford Road, June 1.(7)

27th. June Thursday
A conference of the Lancashire Conservative Association was held in the Town Hall, June 27. Among the speakers were Mr. W. B. Ferrand and Mr. Pope Hennessey.(7)

1st. July Monday
The Ven. Robert Mosley Master, Archdeacon of Manchester, died at Blackpool, July 1. He was born at Croston, of which his father was rector, February 12, 1794, educated at Winwick, Eton, and Oxford, where he took his degrees (B.A. 1815, M.A. 1817). In 1817 he was ordained, and after some minor preferment's became successively incumbent of Burnley, perpetual curate of Leyland, and rector of Croston. He was appointed Archdeacon of Manchester in September 2, 1854, an office he retained until his death.(7)

4th. July Thursday
Mr. William Lloyd Garrison was entertained to tea by the United Kingdom Alliance, July 4, and mentioned that before he began his anti-slavery labours he was the editor of the "first temperance paper ever started in the world." This was in 1827. He also addressed a great temperance gathering during his stay in Manchester.(7)

7th. July Sunday
Mr. Charles Bradbury died July 7. His library and collection of antiquities were sold by auction.(7)

12th. July Friday
The Right Rev. William Higgin, D.D., Bishop of Derry, died July 12. He was born at Lancaster, September 27, 1793, and entered the Manchester Grammar School in 1810, from whence he proceeded to Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1817. Having been ordained, he became curate of Clifton. In 1820 he was appointed chaplain of the Richmond General Penitentiary. In 1828 he became rector of Roscrea, and vicar-general of Killaloe. In 1844 he was appointed Dean of Limerick, and five years later was consecrated bishop of that see. He was translated to Derry in 1853. Dr. Higgin was the author of a few books, a list of which will be found in the School Register, vol. iii. p. 65.(7)

22nd. July Monday
About forty of the Belgian Volunteers visited Manchester, July 22.(7)

23rd. July Tuesday
Rev. Richard Durnford, M.A., was admitted Archdeacon of Manchester, July 23.(7)

17th. August Saturday
The Volunteers of Manchester and neighbourhood and the 8th Hussars were reviewed by Sir J. Garvock, in Heaton Park, August 17.(7)

27th. August Tuesday
The Oxford Local Examination prizes were distributed by Lord Granville, in the Free Trade Hall, August 27.(7)

4th. September Wednesday
A parliamentary commission to inquire into the trade outrages committed in Manchester and neighbourhood, commenced sitting at the Assize Courts, September 4. The final sitting was held September 21, when it was adjourned.(7)

18th. September Wednesday
The police-van stopped and broken into by a band of armed Fenians, September 18. The prisoners, among whom were Colonel Kelly and Captain Deasey (two Fenian head-centres), were liberated, and the policeman in charge (Sergeant Brett) was shot.(7)

28th. September Saturday
Mr. James Aspinall Turner, M.P., died September 28, aged 70 years. He was chosen member of Parliament for Manchester at the memorable election of 1857, when Mr. John Bright was rejected. He retired in 1865. In his earlier years he was an ardent student of entomology.(7)

17th. October Thursday
A great banquet to Her Majesty's Ministers in the Free Trade Hall, Oct. 17. The Earl of Derby (Premier), Lord Stanley, and Sir John Pakington were present.(7)

26th. October Saturday
A special commission for the trial of the Fenian prisoners concerned in the Hyde Road outrage was opened at the Assize Courts by Justices Mellor and Blackburn, October 26.(7)

The Cattle Fair resumed at Knot Mill, after being suspended for three years during the cattle plague. A market for milch cows was also resumed near Oak Street. October.(7)

3rd. November Sunday
Mr. Edwin James, Q.C., one of the M.P.'s for Manchester, died November 3.(7)

23rd. November Saturday
The Fenian convicts, Allen, Gould, and Larkin, were executed in front of the New Bailey, Salford, for the murder of Police-Sergeant Brett, November 23.(7)

26th. November Tuesday
Mr. Jacob Bright elected M.P. for Manchester in place of Mr. James, Q.C., deceased, November 26. His opponents were Messrs. J. M. Bennett and Mitchell Henry. At the close of the poll the votes recorded were: Bright, 8,160; Bennett, 6,420; Henry, 643. It is worthy of note that at this election a woman, whose name had by mistake been put on the register, actually voted. She voted for Jacob Bright, and was, it was said, the first woman who ever voted at a parliamentary election.(7)

The Rural Deaneries rearranged in this diocese by the Bishop and Rural Deans. The deanery of Manchester consisted of twenty churches. November.(7)

8th. December Sunday
Great funeral processions were held in many places for the Fenians hung at Manchester, December 8.(7)

29th. December Sunday
Mr. Joseph Morton died December 29. He was born February 10, 1810, and was an eminent actuary. He was one of the founders of the Manchester Glee Club. After his removal to London he became connected with the Briton Insurance Company from which he had a pension (Baker's Memorials p 122)(7)

29th. December Sunday
Rev. John Hannah, D.D., died at Manchester, December 29. He was born at Lincoln in 1792 and in 1842 became theological tutor at the Wesleyan College, Didsbury. He was president of the Conference in 1842 and 1851, and twice represented the Wesleyan Conference at the American General Conference. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the "legal hundred."(7)

The Wholesale Fish Market was opened in Great Ducie Street, Strangeways.(7)

A Swimming School established in Barrack Street, Chester Road, Hulme.(7)

Newall's Buildings, which had been the official house of the Anti-Corn Law League, was with other buildings, demolished, to make room for the New Exchange.(7)

The Subscription Library, established in 1765, was sold by auction in Newall's Buildings. It was the oldest library in Manchester.(7)

Miss Susanna Georgiana Lloyd presented to Chetham's Hospital some flags used at a dinner given in 1788, to commemorate the revolution of 1688. Her letter, which gives some particulars of the family, is printed in the Palatine Note-book, vol iv., p. 220.(7)

Lieutenant-Colonel C. G. Gordon, the famous "Chinese" Gordon, was for a few months resident at the Queen's Hotel during the survey for the Redistribution Bill. He interested himself in the work of the Dark Lane Ragged School, and in the visitation of the slums by the City Mission. Some letters addressed by him to Mr. James Johnson, one of the missionaries, are printed in the report of the City Mission, for 1884. In one he says, "Remember me to all my friends, the lads of Dark Lane."(7)

A new street was cut to Smithfield Market from the corner of High Street, and called New High Street.(7)