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- January 5 - Dreyfus Affair: French officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island
- February 14 - First showing of Oscar Wilde's last play The Importance of Being Earnest (St. James' Theatre in London).
- March 1 - William L. Wilson is appointed United States Postmaster General
- March 3 - In Munich, bicyclists have to pass a test and display license plates
- March 22 ? Auguste and Louis Lumiere display their first moving picture film in Paris ? it shows workers of their factory leaving for the lunch hour
- April 6 - Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
- April 14 - a major earthquake severely damages Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- April 17 - The Treaty of Maguan (also as ?Treaty of Shimonoseki?) was signed between China and Japan. This marks the end of the first Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.
- May 25 - Playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "sodomy and gross indecency" and sentenced to serve two years in a London prison.
- June 11 - Britain annexes Togoland
- June 28 - Union of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador begins (ends in 1898)
- August 19 - American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
- August 29 - The sport of rugby league is formed at a meeting in the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
- September 3 - The first professional football game is played, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. (Latrobe won the contest 12-0.).
- November 5 - George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
- November 8 - [[Wilhelm R�ntgen]] discovers a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
- November 27 - At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies (he died of a cerebral hemorrhage on December 10, 1896).
- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposes a space elevator
- Last major earthquake in the New Madrid Fault Zone
- Grace Chisholm Young, the first woman awarded a doctorate at a German university
- January 1 - J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director (d. 1972)
- January 20 - George Burns, actor, comedian (d. 1996)
- January 21 - Cristobal Balenciaga, Spanish-French couturier (d. 1972)
- January 24 - Eugen Roth, lyricist and narrator (d. 1976)
- January 30 - Wilhelm Gustloff, Swiss Nazi party leader( d. 1936)
- February 2 - George Halas, American football player, coach, co-founder of the National Football League (d. 1983)
- February 6 - Babe Ruth, Baseball Hall of Famer (d. 1948)
- February 8 - King Vidor, director (d. 1982)
- February 11 - Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer.
- February 14 - Max Horkheimer, philosopher and sociologist (d. 1973)
- February 15 - Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
- February 21 - Henrik Carl Peter Dam Danish biochemist, winner of the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1976)
- March 3 - Matthew Ridgway, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, United States Army Chief of Staff (d. 1993)
- March 17 - Shemp Howard, actor ("The Three Stooges") (d. 1955)
- March 20 - Robert Benoist, Grand Prix motor racing driver/war hero (d. 1944)
- March 29 - [[Ernst J�nger]], author (d. 1998)
- March 30 - Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1975)
- April 1 - Alberta Hunter, singer (d. 1984)
- April 9 - Mance Lipscomb, popular singer (d. 1976)
- April 15 - Clark McConachy, snooker and billiards player (d. 1980)
- April 20 - Emile Christian, jazz musician (d. 1973)
- April 26 - Nathaniel Kleitman, sleep researcher (d. 1999)
- May 6 - Rodolfo Valentino, Italian actor (d. 1926)
- May 8 - Fulton J. Sheen, bishop, television personality (d. 1979)
- May 9 - Richard Bathelmess, actor (d. 1963)
- July 10 - Carl Orff, German composer (d. 1982)
- July 12 - Buckminster Fuller, American architect (d. 1983)
- July 25 - Yvonne Printemps, singer and actress (d. 1977)
- September 11 - Vinoba Bhave (d. 1982)
- October 2 - Bud Abbott, actor (d. 1974)
- October 4 - Buster Keaton, American actor and film director (d. 1966)
- October 8 - Ahmet Zog, King of Albania (d. 1961)
- October 19 - Lewis Mumford, historian (d. 1990)
- October 21 - Edna Purviance, actress (d. 1958)
- October 25 - Levi Eshkol, Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1969)
- November 15 - Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet and writer (d. 1976)
- November 16 - Paul Hindemith, German composer (d. 1963)
- November 29 - Busby Berkeley, film director, choreographer (d. 1976)
- December 2 - Harriet Cohen, pianist (d. 1967)
- December 14 - King George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)
- Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad, later Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan and 1st Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (d. 1960)
- January 9 Aaron Lufkin Dennison father of the American System of Watch Manufacturing
- February 20 - Frederick Douglass, ex-slave and author.
- March 2 - Berthe Morisot, Impressionist Painter
- March 10 - Charles Frederick Worth couturier
- May 19 - [[Jos� Mart�]], Cuban independence leader (Dos Rios)
- May 21 - [[Franz von Supp�]], composer
- June 29 - Sir Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist
- September 28 - Louis Pasteur, French microbiologist and chemist
- October 25 - [[Charles Hall�]], pianist and conductor
- November 27 - Alexandre Dumas, fils, author, playwrightaf:1895