Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 - 1890 - 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895
January 2 - Alice Sanger becomes the first female staffer for the U.S. White House.
January 25 - The United Mine Workers of America is founded.
January 25 - Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
U.S. Census - Herman Hollerith devises method using punch cards (like Jacquard's loom) to tabulate the data by machine, since existing methods would use more than ten years. (see also History of computing hardware). Hollerith's company eventually becomes IBM.
July 3 - Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.
July 10 - Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
August 6 - At Auburn Prison in New York, the first execution by electric chair is performed (murderer William Kemmler was the subject).
October 11 - In Washington, DC, the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
November 23 - King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to become Queen.
November 29 - The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan and the first Diet convenes.
November 29 - In West Point, New York, the United States Navy defeats the United States Army 24 to 0 in the first Army-Navy football game.
December 29 - The United States Seventh Cavalry massacres over 400 men, women and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
The cardboard box is invented by Robert Gair.
Year in topi
1890 in art
1890 in film
1890 in literature
1890 in music
1890 in sports
January 1 - Anton Melik, Slovene geographer
January 4 - Victor Lustig, con artist (+ 1947)
January 7 - Henny Porten, actress (+ 1960)
January 9 - Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist and satirist.
February 10 - Boris Pasternak, writer, winner Nobel Prize in literature
January 19 - Elise Rivet, Roman Catholic nun and war hero (+ 1945)
February 11 - John de Vries, fairy tale writer
February 14 - Nina Hamnett, artist
February 18 - Adolphe Menjou, actor (+ 1963)
February 24 - Marjorie Main, actress (+ 1975)
February 25 - (old date) Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (+ 1986)
March 9 - (new date) Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician (+ 1986)
March 11 - Vannevar Bush, author of As We May Think (+ 1974)
March 20 - Beniamino Gigli, tenor (+ 1957)
March 20 - Lauritz Melchior, opera singer (+ 1973)
March 28 - Paul Whiteman, bandleader
April 6 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch aircraft manufacturer
May 10 - Alfred Jodl, German general (+ 1946)
May 15 - Katherine Anne Porter, author (+ 1980)
May 19 - Ho Chi Minh, President of North Vietnam (+ 1969)
May 23 - Herbert Marshall, actor (+ 1966)
June 16 - Arthur Stanley Jefferson , British actor later known as Stan Laurel
August 20 - H. P. Lovecraft, horror writer.
August 24 - Duke Kahanamoku, US swimmer
September 10 - Elsa Schiaparelli, French couturiere (+ 1973)
September 15 - Agatha Christie, English mystery writer
September 20 - Jelly Roll Morton. Jazz pianist, composer, bandleader
October 2 - Groucho Marx, comedian (+ 1977)
October 14 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, US general and president
October 16 - Michael Collins, Irish patriot (+ 1922)
October 16 - Paul Strand, American photographer.
November 22 - Charles de Gaulle, French president
December 5 - David Bomberg, painter
December 8 - Bohuslav Martinu, composer
January 18 - Amadeus I of Spain, ex-king
July 29 - Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter
October 26 - Carlo Collodi, Italian writer, the creator of Pinocchio
November 8 - CÚsar Franck, composer and organist
November 23 - King William III of the Netherlands
December 26 - Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist