- Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
- German chemist Felix Hoffman first synthesizes acetylsalicylic acid, which would later be patened by his company Bayer under the name "aspirin"
- Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
- John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
- Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)