Johnstown Flood

Decade at a Glance

The 1880 Census counts 50,155,783 people living in the country.

More Americans leave the farm and work in factories. Over 300,000 workers demonstrate for an 8-hour work day. The American Federation of Labor, an organization of skilled workers, is founded.

The first building with a steel skeleton is constructed in Chicago and the Age of the Skyscraper begins.

Booker T. Washington opens the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Railroads in the United States and Canada adopt a standard time.

The Johnstown Flood in Pennsylvania kills 2,295 people.