Historical Events in 1892

  • Jan 1 Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants
  • Jan 5 1st successful auroral photograph made
  • Jan 7 Mine explosion kills 100 in Krebs, Oklahoma; blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
  • Jan 11 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • Jan 11 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia
  • Jan 15 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
  • Jan 20 1st basketball game played (Mass)
  • Jan 24 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • Jan 30 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
  • Jan 30 Capt Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out
  • Feb 1 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite
  • Feb 2 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
  • Feb 2 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Australia SCG
  • Feb 2 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • Feb 3 Russia closes down the Volozhin Yeshiva, a Lithuanian talmudical college
  • Feb 16 Opera "Werther" premieres in Vienna

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Feb 22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • Feb 22 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
  • Feb 23 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn
  • Feb 25 James Barrie's "Walker London" premieres in London
  • Feb 29 Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea
  • Feb 29 St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
  • Mar 3 1st cattle tuberculosis test in US made, Villa Nova, Penn
  • Mar 11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Mass)
  • Mar 15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • Mar 15 NY State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
  • Mar 18 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
  • Mar 19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • Mar 20 54th Grand National: Capt. Roddy Owen aboard Father O'Flynn wins
  • Apr 12 George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
  • Apr 15 General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY
  • Apr 17 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • Apr 19 Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass)
  • Apr 21 Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Mo
  • Apr 28 1st performance of Antonin Dvorák's overture "Carneval"
  • Apr 29 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
  • May 1 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, SF Bay
  • May 11 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
  • May 14 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • May 19 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
  • May 19 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
  • May 20 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
  • May 20 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy & Austria forms
  • May 21 Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "I Pagliacci" premieres in Milan
  • May 22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

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May 28 Sierra Club forms by John Muir in SF, for conservation of nature

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • Jun 4 Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
  • Jun 4 Sierra Club forms in SF
  • Jun 6 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (1st 3.6 miles)
  • Jun 7 John J Doyle of Clev Spiders is 1st to pinch hit in a baseball game
  • Jun 7 Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
  • Jun 8 Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy v Ferguson)
  • Jun 9 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12
  • Jun 10 Wilbert Robinson sets record by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game
  • Jun 11 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Jun 12 Netherlands Society for Currency & Coin collecting forms
  • Jun 18 Macadamia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii
  • Jun 25 6th U.S. Women's National Championship: Mabel Cahill beats Elisabeth Moore (5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 28 Phillies tie club record of 16 straight victories
  • Jul 4 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
  • Jul 4 Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.

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Jul 6 Jose Rizal forms La Liga Filipina in Manila

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • Jul 6 Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pa, fire on scabs, killing 7
  • Jul 6 Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.
  • Jul 7 Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood is established leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
  • Jul 7 9th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-1 6-1)
  • Jul 7 16th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim (4-6 6-3 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 8 American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Mass
  • Jul 8 St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.
  • Jul 10 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio)

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Jul 11 US Patent Office says J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Aug 2 Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
  • Aug 4 Queen Wilhelmina & Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

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Aug 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • Aug 13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

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Aug 15 4th & last British government of William Gladstone forms

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • Aug 17 Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Double Alliance
  • Aug 20 The Transvaal National Union, a political organisation, is set up with J. Tudhope as president
  • Aug 27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • Aug 30 12th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 7 James Corbett KOs John Sullivan in 21 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 8 1st appearance of "Pledge of Allegiance" (Youth's Companion)
  • Sep 9 E E Barnard at Lick discovers Amalthea, 5th Jupiter moon
  • Sep 16 Amsterdam swimming club renamed "The Y"
  • Sep 23 32nd British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 305 at Muirfield

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Sep 26 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)

  • Sep 27 Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company
  • Sep 28 1st night football game played (Mansfield Pa)
  • Oct 1 University of Chicago opens
  • Oct 5 Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in Coffeville, Kansas bank holdup
  • Oct 8 Sergei Rachmaninoff first performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow
  • Oct 10 Entire Hong Kong national cricket team dies in shipwreck off Taiwan
  • Oct 12 US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day
  • Oct 18 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)

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Oct 31 Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Nov 2 French poet Paul Verlaine visits Netherlands

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 8 Grover Cleveland (D) elected 24th US President

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Nov 10 1st CRU championship game: Osgoode Hall defeats Montreal, 45-5
  • Nov 12 Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player
  • Nov 12 Allegheny Athletic Association beats Pitts Athletic CLub, 4-0 in football
  • Nov 23 Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
  • Nov 23 P de Coubertin launches plan for Modern Olympic Games
  • Dec 5 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag

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Dec 5 Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

4th Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson
4th Prime Minister of Canada
John Thompson
  • Dec 16 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW
  • Dec 17 Tchaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette" premieres in St Petersburg

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Dec 18 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres

  • Dec 18 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres

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Dec 20 Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Jules Verne

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • Dec 20 Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY
  • Dec 26 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
  • Dec 27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • Dec 27 N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game
  • Dec 30 Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal