1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Thursday (dominical letter D) of the Julian calendar, the 1881st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 881st year of the 2nd millennium, the 81st year of the 19th century, and the second year of the 1880s decade. As of the start of 1881, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localised use until 1918.

Events

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

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Births

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Deaths

Modest Mussorgsky, painted 2–5 March 1881, only a few days before the composer's death

January–June

July–December

date unknown