Decades: 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s - 1880s - 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s
Years: 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 - 1889 - 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894
January 8 - Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his electric tabulating machine
January 22 - Columbia Phonograph is formed in Washington, DC.
February 11 - Meiji Constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
February 22 - President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
March 4 - Grover Cleveland, 24th President of the United States (1885 - 1889) is succeeded by Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893).
March 23 - Land run: President Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement starting on April 22.
March 31 - The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated (opens May 6).
April 22 - Oklahoma land rush: President Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement; Land rush begins.
June 3 - The first long distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
June 12 - Armagh rail disaster.
July 8 - The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published.
September 10 - Albert Honoré Charles Grimaldi becomes Reigning Prince Albert I of Monaco
October 2 - In Washington, DC, the first international Conference of American States begins.
November 2 - North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
November 8 - Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
November 11 - Washington is admitted as the 42nd U.S. state.
November 14 - Pioneer woman Journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins an attempt to beat travel around the world in less than 80 days (Bly finished the journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes).
November 15 - Brazil is declared a republic by Marechal Deodoro da Fonseca and Emperor Pedro II is deposed in a military coup (he was the second and last emperor of Brazil).
February 6 - Elmo Lincoln, actor (+ 1952)
February 11 - John Mills, American musician.
February 11 - Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer.
February 22 - Lady Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide
March 23 - Yukichi Chuganji, (+ 2003 with 114 years)
March 29 - Warner Baxter, actor (+ 1951)
April 15 - Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. muralist (+ 1975)
April 16 - Charlie Chaplin, English actor and director
April 20 - Adolf Hitler, German politician
April 23 - Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral
April 26 - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austian-born English philosopher (+ 1951)
May 12 - Otto Frank, writer, father of Anne Frank (+ 1980)
May 15 - Bessie Hillman, founder, Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America
May 15 - Mitoyo Kawate, later Oldest Person in the World.
May 18 - Thomas Midgley, chemist and inventor (+ 1944)
May 25 - Igor Sikorsky developer of a working helicopter (+ 1972)
July 5 - Jean Cocteau, writer
July 17 - Erle Stanley Gardner, author (+ 1970)
November 16 - Charlotte Benkner, later Oldest Person in the World.
Suzanne Duchamp, Dada painter (+ 1963)
January 30 - Archduke Rudolph of Austria and Baroness Mary Vetsera, at Mayerling
February 3 - Belle Starr, outlaw
March 8 - John Ericsson - Swedish inventor and engineer
March 12 - Emperor Johannes IV of Ethiopia
May 12 - Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist
June 15 - Mihai Eminescu, outstanding Romanian poet
September 23 - Wilkie Collins, novelist
December 6 - Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America