Historical Events in 1890

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  • Jan 1st Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
  • Jan 2nd Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
  • Jan 2nd Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny
  • Jan 3rd 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
  • Jan 7th W B Purvis patents fountain pen
  • Jan 10th Edward Macdowell's "Lancelot & Elaine," premieres
  • Jan 10th Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Sapientiae Christianae
  • Jan 21st 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
  • Jan 22nd Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC
  • Jan 25th National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
  • Jan 25th Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days)
  • Jan 25th United Mine Workers of America forms
  • Feb 10th Around 11 million acres ceded to US by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
  • Feb 14th 1st NSW v South Australia 1st-class cricket game
  • Feb 20th Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
  • Feb 27th D Needham & P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw
  • Mar 1st 1st US edition of Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet) published
  • Mar 2nd Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 5 km (9:19)
  • Mar 4th The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
  • Mar 18th 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
  • Mar 20th General Federation of Womans' Clubs founded

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Mar 20th German Emperor Wilhelm II fires republic chancellor Otto Von Bismarck

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Mar 21st Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
  • Mar 24th Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (BG)
  • Mar 27th A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
  • Mar 28th 52nd Grand National: Arthur Nightingall aboard Ilex wins
  • Apr 6th French troops under capt Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
  • Apr 7th Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
  • Apr 11th Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station
  • Apr 14th Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Wash DC)
  • Apr 18th NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton
  • Apr 19th Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels
  • Apr 26th Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
  • Apr 27th French troops under Capt Archinard occupy Oussebougou West Sudan
  • May 2nd Territory of Oklahoma created
  • May 6th Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
  • May 12th Louisiana legalized prize fighting
  • May 12th The first-ever official cricket County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scores the first century in the competition.
  • May 13th 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
  • May 13th Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • May 14th 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
  • May 17th Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC
  • May 17th Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
  • May 17th Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
  • May 24th Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany
  • May 24th Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • May 24th Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
  • May 30th 1st Dodger home run (Dave Foutz)
  • Jun 1st US census at 62,622,250
  • Jun 6th United States Polo Association forms, NYC
  • Jun 9th Opera "Robin Hood" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 10th 24th Belmont: Pike Barnes riding Burlington wins in 2:07.75
  • Jun 13th Eagle Ave in the Bronx is cut out & named
  • Jun 13th 4th U.S. Women's National Championship: Ellen Roosevelt beats Bertha Townsend (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jun 23rd In an effort to solve the "Uitlander" grievances regarding voting rights, President of Transvaal Paul Kruger institutes a Second Volksraad, responsible for controlling local matters
  • Jun 27th Cecil Rhodes' colonists attack Motlousi in Matabeleland
  • Jun 27th George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)
  • Jul 1st Great Britain & Germany sign Zanzibar-Helgoland Treaty
  • Jul 1st Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.
  • Jul 2nd Congress passes Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Jul 3rd Idaho admitted as 43rd US state
  • Jul 3rd King Leopold II gives Congo, previously a private possession, to Belgium
  • Jul 10th Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)
  • Jul 17th Cecil Rhodes becomes Premier of Cape Colony
  • Jul 20th "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" begins publishing
  • Jul 20th Snow & hail in Calais, Maine
  • Jul 23rd Jack Barrett carries his cricket bat for Australia at Lord's (67)
  • Jul 23rd 14th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Willoughby Hamilton beats W Renshaw (6-8 6-2 3-6 6-1 6-1)
  • Aug 1st Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Lundi
  • Aug 5th British & French accord to divide African colonization
  • Aug 6th Denton True "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game
  • Aug 6th At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair
  • Aug 9th First 44 Javans arrive in Suriname to work 5 years on sugar plantations
  • Aug 14th Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
  • Aug 16th Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
  • Aug 25th Would be start of England/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford washed out
  • Aug 27th 10th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Henry Slocum (6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1)

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Aug 30th President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Sep 1st 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
  • Sep 11th 30th British Golf Open: John Ball shoots a 164 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 12th Cecil Rhodes' colonists found Fort Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Sep 13th Cecil Rhodes' colonists hoist the Union Jack in Mashonaland & Salisbury
  • Sep 19th Turkish frigate "Ertogrul" burns off of Japan, kills 540
  • Sep 23rd Ed Cartwright bats in 7 RBIs in 1 inning
  • Sep 24th President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching & practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • Sep 25th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Silver Blaze" (BG)
  • Sep 26th US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece
  • Oct 1st Congress creates Weather Bureau
  • Oct 1st Congress establishes Yosemite National Park (California)
  • Oct 3rd Capt Guillaume of Kerckhoven marches into Boma Congo
  • Oct 6th Mormon Church outlaws polygamy
  • Oct 9th Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Red-Headed League"
  • Oct 11th First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds run by John Owen in 9.8 sec at Analostan Island, Washington D.C.
  • Oct 11th Daughters of American Revolution founded
  • Oct 13th The Delta Chi fraternity is founded by 11 law students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
  • Oct 15th Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham
  • Oct 23rd Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)
  • Oct 28th Last NL-AA World Series game Bkln ties Louisville 3 games & 1 tie
  • Nov 4th Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
  • Nov 4th Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • Nov 4th Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • Nov 11th D McCree patents portable fire escape
  • Nov 20th Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Slavery in the Missions"
  • Nov 23rd King William III of the Netherlands dies (b. 1817) without a male heir and a special law passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to inherit.
  • Nov 23rd General elections in Italy.
  • Nov 27th 1st signal box for SF Police Department goes into operation
  • Nov 29th 1st US Army - US Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point
  • Dec 5th Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe
  • Dec 16th Negro Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Jackson, TN
  • Dec 18th Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
  • Dec 19th Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet" (BG)
  • Dec 21st Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
  • Dec 22nd Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • Dec 26th King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
  • Dec 29th US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
  • Dec 31st Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot