On This Day

What Happened in 1891

Historical Events in 1891

  • Jan 1 French troops occupy Nioro, West-Sudan, 3000 killed
  • Jan 1 King Pakketvaart sails to Neth Indies
  • Jan 26 Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania
  • Jan 29 Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch
  • Jan 31 The first attempt of a Portuguese republican revolution breakes out in the northern city of Porto
  • Feb 6 1st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)
  • Feb 9 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento
  • Feb 15 AIK is founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
  • Feb 18 Capt Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan

More Historical Events

1891 in Film & TV

  • May 20 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club

1891 in Music

  • May 5 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor

1891 in Sport

  • Mar 28 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England
  • Dec 21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts


Famous People in 1891

World Leaders in 1891

Famous Weddings in 1891

  • Mar 21 A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia it started with an accusation of pig-stealing & lasted 20 years
  • Mar 24 56th UK Prime Minister Bonar Law (32) weds Annie Robley at West Free Church in Helensburgh, Scotland
  • Jul 8 Future US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio