Selected Events - Personal and Public

13 June 1865 WBY born in Sandymount, Dublin.
1872 Thomas Hardy anonymously publishes his romantic novel Under the Greenwood Tree.
July 1872 Family moves to Sligo.
1874 The Home Rule movement is established to protest British Government control over Ireland.
15 April – 15 May 1874          First exhibition of the group of young painters, Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs in Paris. Louis Leroy's review published on 25 April gives rise to the term Impressionism for the movement, with reference to Claude Monet's Impression, Sunrise.
1877 Enters Godolphin School in Hammersmith, West London.
Leo Tolstoy publishes Anna Karenina complete in book form.
1881 Family moves to Dublin from London.
Enters Erasmus Smith High School.
7 April 1881 Gladstone's Land Act is introduced.
1882 Begins to write and be published; writes in imitation of Shelley and Spenser, mostly dramatic poetry.
2 May 1882 Charles Stewart Parnell is released from jail following his October 1881 arrest under the Coercion Act "for sabotaging the Land Act."
6 May 1882 "Phoenix Park murders" of Lord Frederick Cavendish and T.H. Burke.
20 November 1883 Attends a lecture at the Gaiety Theatre given by Oscar Wilde.
1884 Attends Metropolitan School of Art; meets George W. Russell (AE).
Begins writing Mosada and The Island of Statues.
Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
4 January 1884 The Fabian Society, a British intellectual socialist movement, is founded in London. Members included G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells and Virginia Woolf, among others.
1 February 1884 First edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
21 April 1884 Begins writing Love and Death, which he describes as "a long play on a fable suggested by one of my father's early designs."
22 April 1884 The Colchester Earthquake, the UK's most destructive, occurs in England.
8 July 1884 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is founded in London.
October 1884 The International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. fixes the Greenwich meridian as the world's prime meridian.
22 October 1884 The first woman receives a degree from the Royal University of Ireland.
1 November 1884 The Irish Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is founded in Thurles, Ireland.
1885 First meeting of the Dublin Hermetic Society.
First poems and Mosada published in Dublin University Review.
Meets Katherine Tynan and John O'Leary.
1886 Meets William Morris.
First Home Rule bill defeated.
1887 Family moves to London.
Meets Madame Blavatsky.
13 November 1887 Bloody Sunday: Police clash with pro-Irish independence protesters.
1888 Meets G.B. Shaw and Lady Wilde.
Publishes Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.
1889 Publishes The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
30 January 1889 Meets Maud Gonne.
31 March 1889 The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated in Paris; it opens 6 May.
1890 Helps found Rhymers' Club.
7 March 1890 Joins the Order of the Golden Dawn.
Asked to resign from the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society.
20 June 1890 Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray published in Philadelphia-based Lippincotts Monthly Magazine.