Historical Events in 1890

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

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Mar 20 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 21 Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
  • Mar 24 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (BG)
  • Mar 27 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
  • Mar 28 52nd Grand National: Arthur Nightingall aboard Ilex wins
  • Apr 6 French troops under capt Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
  • Apr 7 Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
  • Apr 11 Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station
  • Apr 14 Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Wash DC)
  • Apr 18 NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton

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Apr 19 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Apr 26 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
  • Apr 27 French troops under Capt Archinard occupy Oussebougou West Sudan
  • May 2 Territory of Oklahoma created
  • May 6 Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
  • May 12 Louisiana legalized prize fighting
  • May 12 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 13 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
  • May 13 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria
  • May 14 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
  • May 17 Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel" premieres in NYC
  • May 17 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
  • May 17 Pietro Mascagni's opera "Rustic Chivalry" premieres in Rome at the Teatro Costanzi
  • May 24 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany
  • May 24 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • May 24 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
  • May 30 1st Dodger home run (Dave Foutz)
  • Jun 1 US census at 62,622,250
  • Jun 6 United States Polo Association forms, NYC
  • Jun 9 Opera "Robin Hood" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 10 24th Belmont: Pike Barnes riding Burlington wins in 2:07.75
  • Jun 13 Eagle Ave in the Bronx is cut out & named
  • Jun 13 4th U.S. Women's National Championship: Ellen Roosevelt beats Bertha Townsend (6-2, 6-2)
  • Jun 23 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 27 Cecil Rhodes' colonists attack Motlousi in Matabeleland
  • Jun 27 George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)
  • Jul 1 Great Britain & Germany sign Zanzibar-Helgoland Treaty
  • Jul 1 Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable.
  • Jul 2 Congress passes Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Jul 3 Idaho admitted as 43rd US state
  • Jul 3 King Leopold II gives Congo, previously a private possession, to Belgium
  • Jul 10 Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)
  • Jul 17 Cecil Rhodes becomes Premier of Cape Colony
  • Jul 20 "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" begins publishing
  • Jul 20 Snow & hail in Calais, Maine
  • Jul 23 Jack Barrett carries his cricket bat for Australia at Lord's (67)
  • Jul 23 14th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Willoughby Hamilton beats W Renshaw (6-8 6-2 3-6 6-1 6-1)
  • Aug 1 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Lundi
  • Aug 5 British & French accord to divide African colonization
  • Aug 6 Denton True "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game
  • Aug 6 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair
  • Aug 9 First 44 Javans arrive in Suriname to work 5 years on sugar plantations
  • Aug 14 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
  • Aug 16 Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
  • Aug 25 Would be start of England/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford washed out
  • Aug 27 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 30 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 1 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
  • Sep 11 30th British Golf Open: John Ball shoots a 164 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 12 Cecil Rhodes' colonists found Fort Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Sep 13 Cecil Rhodes' colonists hoist the Union Jack in Mashonaland & Salisbury
  • Sep 19 Turkish frigate "Ertogrul" burns off of Japan, kills 540
  • Sep 23 Ed Cartwright bats in 7 RBIs in 1 inning
  • Sep 24 President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching & practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • Sep 25 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Silver Blaze" (BG)
  • Sep 26 US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece
  • Oct 1 Congress creates Weather Bureau
  • Oct 1 Congress establishes Yosemite National Park (California)
  • Oct 3 Capt Guillaume of Kerckhoven marches into Boma Congo
  • Oct 6 Mormon Church outlaws polygamy
  • Oct 9 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Red-Headed League"
  • Oct 11 First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds run by John Owen in 9.8 sec at Analostan Island, Washington D.C.
  • Oct 11 Daughters of American Revolution founded
  • Oct 13 The Delta Chi fraternity is founded by 11 law students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
  • Oct 15 Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham
  • Oct 23 Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St Petersburg)
  • Oct 28 Last NL-AA World Series game Bkln ties Louisville 3 games & 1 tie
  • Nov 4 Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
  • Nov 4 Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • Nov 4 Alexander Borodin's opera "Prince Igor" premieres in Petersburg
  • Nov 11 D McCree patents portable fire escape
  • Nov 20 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Slavery in the Missions"
  • Nov 23 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 23 General elections in Italy.
  • Nov 27 1st signal box for SF Police Department goes into operation
  • Nov 29 1st US Army - US Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point
  • Dec 5 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe
  • Dec 16 Negro Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Jackson, TN
  • Dec 18 Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
  • Dec 19 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet" (BG)
  • Dec 21 Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
  • Dec 22 Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • Dec 26 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
  • Dec 29 US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
  • Dec 31 Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot