The Automatic Copyright
It is called the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and for every signatory country a minimum automatic copyright protection is granted without the requirement of registration. It is enough that I publish a work or perform it or display it. I don't have to run down to the copyright office and fill out a form in black ink (not blue ink) nor pay a fee. I also do not have to apply for copyright protection in several countries simultaneously. While this all sounds reasonable, the number of initial signatories to the agreement is small: Belgium, France, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Liberia, Spain, Switzerland, and the all important... Tunisia. The United Kingdom also signs but will not actually implement the convention until 100 years later. The United States will be a late signer and even later implementer of the convention. 
A Totally Useless Metal is Discovered... Germanium
The Periodic Table of Elements is a controversial arrangement of known elements that predicts the properties of undiscovered elements and suggests that certain groups of elements have similar properties. A few years ago the Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev, predicted an element similar to silicon with very specific properties that he called eka-silicon. No one paid attention. This year, miners find a vein of silver with unknown impurities. After the German chemist, Clemens Winkler, separates out the impurities he finds "eka-silicon" and names it neptunium... after the planet Neptune, but the name has been reserved, so he settles for "germanium" (ger-MAIN-ee-um) after Germany. He finds that germanium is a poorly conducting metal of very little commercial value, so it will sit on the shelf for about 60 years until World War 2 when someone will need a SEMICONDUCTOR for a pulse radar detector. Production of germanium will jump from a few kilograms a year to 40 metric tons, and it will build from there. These "poorly conducting" metals are called "semiconductors" and will be used to make diodes, transistors and CPUs for your computer. They will also make possible the miniaturization of electronics that turn a computer that is as big as a house into a smartphone that fits into your pocket.  
In Other News
- "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by R. L. Stevenson is published. The civilized Dr. Jekyll struggles with the evil animal-self of Mr. Hyde living within. 
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1886, Wikipedia.
- Berne Convention - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 19 October 2016. “An author need not 'register' or 'apply for' a copyright in countries adhering to the Convention. As soon as a work is 'fixed', that is, written or recorded on some physical medium, its author is automatically entitled to all copyrights in the work and to any derivative works, unless and until the author explicitly disclaims them or until the copyright expires. Foreign authors are given the same rights and privileges to copyrighted material as domestic authors in any country that signed the Convention.”
- Let's roll - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “The Todd M. Beamer Foundation was eventually granted a trademark for uses of the phrase relating to 'pre-recorded compact discs, audio tapes, digital audio tapes, and phonograph records featuring music.'”
- Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 - 'There Is Nothing New Under The Sun'. bible.ca (2012). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”
- Germanium - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “In mid-1885, at a mine near Freiberg, Saxony, a new mineral was discovered and named argyrodite because of the high silver content. The chemist Clemens Winkler analyzed this new mineral, which proved to be a combination of silver, sulfur, and a new element. Winkler was able to isolate the new element in 1886 and found it similar to antimony.”
- Mendeleev's predicted elements - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 19 October 2016. “The four predicted elements lighter than the rare earth elements, eka-boron (Eb), eka-aluminium (Ea), eka-manganese (Em), and eka-silicon (Es), proved to be good predictors of the properties of scandium, gallium, technetium and germanium respectively, which each fill the spot in the periodic table assigned by Mendeleev. Initial versions of the periodic table did not give the rare earth elements the treatment now given them, helping to explain both why Mendeleev’s predictions for heavier unknown elements did not fare as well as those for the lighter ones and why they are not as well known or documented.”
- WarGames (1983) - IMDb. imdb.com (2016). Retrieved on 19 October 2016. “A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.”
- IMSAI 8080 - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 19 October 2016. “The IMSAI 8080 was an early microcomputer released in late 1975, based on the Intel 8080 and later 8085 and S-100 bus. It was a clone of its main competitor, the earlier MITS Altair 8800. The IMSAI is largely regarded as the first 'clone' microcomputer.”
- March of Progress - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 19 October 2016. “The March of Progress, or simply March of Progress, is a scientific illustration presenting 25 million years of human evolution. It depicts 15 human evolutionary forebears lined up as if marching in a parade from left to right. The image has frequently been copied, modified and parodied, and has been the subject of controversy.”
- Akeroyd, F. Michael (2003). "Prediction and the Periodic Table: A Response to Scerri and Worrall". Journal for General Philosophy of Science (Springer) 34 (2): 337-355. http://www.austinlibrary.com:2138/stable/25171262.
- Fite, Robert C. (January 1954). "Germanium, a Secondary Metal of Primary Importance". The Scientific Monthly (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 64 (1): 15-18. http://www.austinlibrary.com:2138/stable/21141.
- Benz Patent-Motorwagen - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 October 2016. “The Benz Patent-Motorwagen (or motorcar), built in 1886, is widely regarded as the world's first automobile;”
- File:Patentschrift 37435 Benz Patent-Motorwagen.pdf - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 October 2016.
- Daimler Reitwagen - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “The Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen ('riding car') or Einspur ('single track') was a motor vehicle made by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in 1885. It is widely recognized as the first motorcycle.”
- Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 442-443.
- World's Columbian Exposition - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “The World's Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World's Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492.”
- Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair That Changed America, The. Crown Publishers. ISBN 9780609608449. “They knew Mrs. Holton had sold the place. But why had they not seen her around town? Holmes smiled and explained that she had decided to visit relatives in California, something she had long wanted to do but could never find the time or money to accomplish and certainly could not have done with her husband on his deathbed.”
- H. H. Holmes - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 16 October 2016. “Holmes arrived in Chicago in August 1886 and came across Elizabeth S. Holton's drugstore at the northwest corner of South Wallace Avenue and West 63rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood. Holton gave Holmes a job, and he proved himself to be a hardworking employee. After the death of Holton's husband, Holmes offered to buy the drugstore from Holton, and she agreed. Holmes purchased the store mainly with funds obtained by mortgaging the store's fixtures and stock, the loan to be repaid in substantial monthly installments of $100 (worth $2,600 in 2015). He continued to make money from the drugstore by selling water that could cure the sick. When he accumulated enough money to fund his activities, he left. Holton was never seen or heard from again, and whenever any regular customers asked Holmes about her whereabouts after she sold the drugstore to him, he would say that she moved to California to be close to relatives.”