On This Day

Events in History in 1892

  • Jan 1 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station - it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people
  • 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 24 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • Jan 29 The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 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 patented by William Painter
  • Feb 2 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Australia at the SCG
  • Feb 3 Russia closes down the Volozhin Yeshiva, a Lithuanian talmudical college

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 23 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 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 15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • Mar 15 New York State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
  • Apr 12 George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

Historic Event

Apr 15 General Electric Company formed by merger of Thomas Edison's General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company, arranged by J. P. Morgan and incorporated in NY

  • Apr 19 Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made automotive for a test drive
  • Apr 21 Black longshoremen strike for higher wages in St Louis, Missouri
  • May 1 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
  • 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 22 Dr Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube

Historic Event

May 28 Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature

  • Jun 4 Oil City and Titusville, Pennsylvania, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
  • Jun 6 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (1st 3.6 miles)
  • Jun 7 Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
  • Jun 7 Creole shoemaker Homer Plessy buys whites-only train ticket in New Orleans in act of civil disobedience - results in landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
  • Jun 8 Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy v Ferguson)
  • Jun 12 Netherlands Society for Currency & Coin collecting forms
  • Jun 18 Brothers Edward and Robert Jordan plant 1st Macadamia nuts in Oahu, Hawaii
  • 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

Historic Event

Jul 6 Jose Rizal forms La Liga Filipina in Manila

  • Jul 6 Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, 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 8 American Psychological Association organized in Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892
  • Jul 10 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio)

Historic Invention

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

  • Jul 18 First human test of a vaccine against cholera; Ukrainian bacteriologist Waldemar Huffkine risks his life by testing it on himself
  • Aug 2 George A. Wheeler is granted a US patent for a prototype of the escalator

Historic Event

Aug 4 Queen Wilhelmina and Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

Murder of Interest

Aug 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother are murdered with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts; Borden is later arrested, tried and acquitted

  • Aug 13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 17 Russian and French generals, Obruchev and Boisdeffre sign Double Alliance
  • Aug 20 The Transvaal National Union, a political organisation, is set up with J. Tudhope as president

Historic Event

Aug 25 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to lieutenant

  • Sep 8 1st appearance of "Pledge of Allegiance" (Youth's Companion)
  • Sep 9 E. E. Barnard at Lick discovers Amalthea, 5th Jupiter moon
  • Sep 9 Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party to the people of Queensland issued, detailing grievances of working class towards ruling class. Pivotal document in Australian labor and political history. [1]
  • 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 12 US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day

Historic Publication

Oct 14 Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" collection of 12 stories originally published serially in "The Strand Magazine"

  • Oct 18 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)

Historic Publication

Oct 26 "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases" first published by African American journalist Ida B. Wells in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Nov 2 French poet Paul Verlaine visits Netherlands

Election of Interest

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

  • Nov 10 1st CRU championship game: Osgoode Hall defeats Montreal, 45-5
  • Nov 23 Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
  • Dec 5 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 17 Tchaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Dec 20 Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY
  • Dec 27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)
  • Dec 30 Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal