1890 1891 1892 - 1893 - 1894 1895 1896
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Events of 1893
- January 2 – Webb C. Ball introduces railroad chronometers, which become the general railroad timepiece standards in North America.
- January 13 – The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting.
- January 17 – The U.S. Marines intervene in Hawaii, resulting in overthrow of the government of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii.
- January 21 – The Cherry Sisters first perform in Marion, Iowa.
- February 1 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
- February 19 – The SS Naronic is believed to have sunk due to a storm.
- February 23 – Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine.
- February 24 – American University is established by an Act of Congress in Washington, D.C.
- March 4 – President of the United States Benjamin Harrison is succeeded by Stephen Grover Cleveland.
- March 10 – Côte d'Ivoire becomes a French colony.
- March 20 – In Belgium, Adam Worth is sentenced to 7 years for robbery (he is released in 1897).
- April 1 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer is established in the United States Navy.
- April 8 – The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania between the Geneva College Covenanters and the New Brighton YMCA.
- May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, USA. The first United States commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition.
- May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
- May 9 – Edison's 1½ inch system of Kinetoscope is first demonstrated in public at the Brooklyn Institute.
- May 10 – The United States Supreme Court legally declares the tomato to be a vegetable.
- May – The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is formed.
- June 6 – Prince George, Duke of York marries Mary of Teck.
- June 7 – Gandhi commits his first act of civil disobedience in India.
- June 17 – Gold is found in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
- June 20 – The Wengernalpbahn railway in Wengen, Switzerland (Canton of Bern) is opened.
- June 22 – The flagship Victoria of the British Mediterranean Fleet collides with Camperdown and sinks in 10 minutes; Vice-admiral Sir George Tryon goes down with his ship.
- July 6 – The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa is nearly destroyed by a tornado; 71 people are killed and 200 injured.
- July 11 – Kokichi Mikimoto, in Japan, develops the method to seed and grow cultured pearls.
- July 12
- August 27 – The Sea Islands Hurricane hits Savannah, Charleston, and the Sea Islands, killing 1,000–2,000.
- September 7 – The Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club, the oldest Italian football club, is formed.
- September 7 – Under the pressure of a general strike, the Belgian parliament accepts a proposal to accept general multiple suffrage.
- September 11 – The World Parliament of Religions in Chicago opens its first meeting.
- September 11 – Standing ovation to Hindu monk Swami Vivekanda for his address in Response to the welcome at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- September 19
- Swami Vivekananda delivers an inspiring speech on his paper at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.
- The Russian ironclad Rusalka disappears in a storm en route from Tallinn to Helsinki; her hulk is eventually discovered in July 2003, off Helsinki.
- September 21 – Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea drive the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America on public roads in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- September 23 – The Bahá'í Faith is first publicly mentioned in the United States at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- September 27 – The World Parliament of Religions holds its closing meeting in Chicago.
- September 28 – The Portuguese sports club Futebol Clube do Porto is founded.
- October 10 – The first car number plates appear in Paris, France.
- October 30 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, closes.
- November – In the United Kingdom, the Local Government Act 1894 is read for the second time in the House of Commons.
- November 7 – Colorado women are granted the right to vote.
- November 15 – The FC Basel Club is founded.
- December 5 – Plural voting is abolished in New South Wales.
- December – Carl Anton Larsen was the first man to ski in Antarctica.
- April 30 - Joachim von Ribbentrop, German WWII foreign minister and Nuremberg martyr (d. 1946)
- July 9 - Dorothy Thompson, American journalist and wartime propagandist (d. 1961)
- August 25 - Truman Smith, WWII American intelligence officer (d. 1970)
- August 28 - Pedro del Valle, American general and nationalist (d. 1978)
- October 15 - Carol II of Romania (d. 1953)