1887 1888 1889 - 1890 - 1891 1892 1893
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1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s
Events of 1890
- January 1
- January 2
- January 25
- February 17 – The British steamship Duburg wrecks in the China Seas; 400 lives are lost.
- February 24 – Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition
- March 1
- March 4 – The longest bridge in Britain, the Forth Bridge (8,296 ft) in Scotland, is opened.
- March 8 – North Dakota State University is founded in Fargo, North Dakota.
- March 20 – Wilhelm II of Germany fires Otto von Bismarck.
- March 27 – A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 people and injuring 200.
- March 28 – Washington State University is founded in Pullman, Washington.
- May 31 – The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.
- June 1 – The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine to count census returns.
- June 12 – In Michigan, the wooden steamer Ryan is lost near Thunder Bay Island.
- June 20 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde published by Philadelphia based Lippincott's Monthly magazine.
- July 2 – The Sherman Antitrust Act and Sherman Silver Purchase Act become United States law.
- July 3 – Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.
- July 10 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
- July 13 – In Minnesota, storms result in the Sea Wing disaster on Lake Pepin killing 98.
- July 27 – Vincent van Gogh shoots himself in the stomach and dies two days later.
- July – Politics of Japan: In the first general election for the House of Representatives of Japan, c. 5% of the adult male population elect a lower house of the Diet of Japan.
- August 6 – At Auburn Prison in New York, William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed in the electric chair.
- September 19 – The Turkish frigate Ertogrul founders off Japan; 540 lives are lost.
- October 8 – The first brief, partially controlled flight of Clément Ader's airplane "Eole" takes place in Satory, France.
- October 11 – In Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
- October 13
- November 23 – King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir, and his daughter Princess Wilhelmina becomes Queen, causing Luxembourg (who required a male heir) to declare independence.
- November 29
- November – Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, moves to a building on London's Victoria Embankment, as the New Scotland Yard.
- December 27 – The British steamship Shanghai burns in the China Seas; 101 lives are lost.
- December 29 – Wounded Knee Massacre: At Wounded Knee, South Dakota the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment tries to disarm a Native American camp & shooting starts. 153 Lakota Sioux and 25 troops are killed; about 150 flee the scene.
- February 15 - Robert Ley, head of the German Labour Front (DAP) (d. 1945)
- March 12 - William Dudley Pelley, American leader of the Silver Legion (d. 1965)
- April 20 - Einar Åberg, Swedish nationalist and pamphleteer (d. 1970)
- May 10 - Alfred Jodl, German military commander and martyr (d. 1946)
- May 19 - Ho Chi Minh, North Vietnamese communist leader (d. 1969)
- October 4 - Benjamin Freedman, American nationalist and anti-Zionist Jew (d. 1984)
- October 13 - Conde McGinley, editor of the nationalist publication Common Sense (d. 1963)