1892 in History
January 1 Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants
January 5 1st successful auroral photograph made
January 7 Mine explosion kills 100, Krebs, Okla-blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns
January 11 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
January 11 Paul Gauguin marries a 13-year-old Tahitian girl
January 11 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed U.S. minister to Liberia
January 15 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
January 20 1st basketball game played (Mass)
January 24 Battle at Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
January 30 Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
January 30 Captain Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out
February 1 Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of "400" to describe socially elite
February 2 Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
February 2 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England vs. Australia SCG
February 2 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby
February 3 Russia closes down Yeshiva of Volozhin
February 16 Opera "Werther," premieres in Vienna
February 22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St. James (London)
February 22 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
February 23 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn
February 25 James Barrie's "Walker London," premieres in London
February 29 Britian and U.S. sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea
March 3 1st cattle tuberculosis test in U.S. made, Villa Nova, Penn
March 11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachuetts)
March 15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W. Reno (New York City)
March 15 New York State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
March 18 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
March 19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England vs. South Africa (Cape Town)
April 12 George C. Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter
April 15 General Electric Company, forms and is incorporated in New York
April 17 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
April 19 Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass)
April 21 Black Longshoremen strike for higher wages in St. Louis Mo
April 28 1st performance of Antonin Dvorak's overture "Carneval"
April 29 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
May 1 U.S. Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
May 11 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41
May 14 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
May 19 Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
May 19 National Society of Colonial Dames of America founded
May 20 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
May 20 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy and Austria forms
May 21 Ruggiero Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci," premieres in Milan
May 22 Dr. Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
May 28 Sierra Club forms by John Muir for conservation of nature
June 4 Oil City and Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
June 4 Sierra Club forms in San Francisco
June 7 John J Doyle of Clev Spiders is 1st to pinch hit in a baseball game
June 7 Republican convention in Minneapolis begins
June 8 Homer A. Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy vs. Ferguson)
June 9 26th Belmont: W Hayward aboard Patron wins in 2:12
June 10 Wilbert Robinson sets record by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game
June 12 Netherlands Society for Currency and Coin collecting forms
June 18 Macademia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii
June 28 Phillies tie club record of 16 straight victories
July 4 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
July 6 Dr. Jose Rizal forms League Filipina
July 6 Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania fire on scabs, killing 7
July 8 American Psychological Association organized, Worcester, Massacgysetts
July 10 1st concrete-paved street built, Bellefountaine, Ohio
July 11 U.S. Patent Office says J. W. Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp
August 2 Charles A. Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
August 4 Queen Wilhelmina and Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam-Rhine
August 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Mass
August 13 U.S. black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore
August 15 4th and last British government of Gladstone forms
August 17 Russian/French generals Obruchev/Boisdeffre signs Duple Alliance
August 27 New York City Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
September 7 James Corbett KOs John Sullivan in 21 for heavyweight boxing title
September 8 1st appearance of "Pledge of Allegiance" (Youth's Companion)
September 9 E E Barnard at Lick discovers Amalthea, 5th Jupiter moon
September 14 AP Giannini marries Clorinda Cuneo
September 16 Amsterdam swim club renamed "The Y"
September 26 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band, New Jersey
September 26 Diamond Match Co patented book matches
September 27 Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company
October 1 University of Chicago opens
October 5 Dalton Gang ends in shoot-out in Coffeville, Kansas bank holdup
October 8 Sergei Rachmaninoff 1st performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow
October 10 Entire Hong Kong national cricket team, die in shipwreck off Taiwan
October 12 Pledge of Allegiance 1st recited in public schools
October 18 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)
November 2 Paul Verlaine visits Netherlands
November 8 Grover Cleveland (D) elected president
November 10 1st CRU championship game: Osgoode Hall defeats Montreal, 45-5
November 12 Allegheny Athletic Association beats Pitts Athletic CLub, 4-0 in football
November 12 Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player
November 23 Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
November 23 P de Coubertin launches plan for Modern Olympic Games
December 5 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag
December 16 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA vs. NSW
December 17 Tsjaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette," premieres in St. Petersburg
December 18 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony, premieres
December 18 "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres
December 20 Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Verne
December 20 Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, New York
December 26 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
December 27 Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St. John laid (New York City)
December 27 N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game
December 30 Dr. Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal