1893 in History
January 1 1st U.S. college extension courses for credit, University of Chicago
January 1 Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar
January 2 1st U.S. commemoratives and 1st U.S. stamp to picture a woman issued
January 4 U.S. President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
January 6 Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast
January 7 Hermann Sudermanns "Heimat," premieres in Berlin
January 10 Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St. Petersburg
January 11 Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)
January 13 British Independent Labor Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
January 17 -17 degrees F (-27 degrees C), Millsboro, Delaware (state record)
January 17 Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
January 28 Edward Mcdowell's "Hamlet and Ophelia," premieres in Boston
January 31 "Westminster Gazette" begins publishing
February 1 Puccini's Opera "Manon Lescaut," premieres in Turin
February 1 Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio in West Orange, New Jersey
February 2 1st movie close-up, of a sneeze, Edison studio, West Orange, New Jersey
February 5 Alfred Naess skates world record 500m (49.4 sec)
February 9 Canal builder De Lesseps and others sentenced to prison for fraud
February 9 Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan
February 26 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan
February 26 Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
February 28 Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"
March 1 Diplomatic Appropriation Act, authorizes the U.S. rank of ambassador
March 2 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
March 3 Columbian Isabella silver quarter authorized
March 3 Congress authorizes 1st federal road agency, in Department of Agriculture
March 4 Francis Dhanis' army attacksthe Lualaba, occupies Nyangwe
March 4 Grover Cleveland (D) inaugrated as 24th U.S. president (2nd term)
March 9 Congo cannibals killed 1000s of Arabs
March 10 Ivory Coast becomes a French colony
March 10 New Mexico State University cancels it's 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed and killed the night before
March 30 Thomas F. Bayard becomes 1st U.S. ambassador in Great Britain
April 3 1st NSW vs. Queensland F-C game, at Brisbane Exhibition Ground
April 5 Cleveland passes Park Act (forerunner of Metroparks)
April 6 Andy Bowen and Jack Burke box 7 hours 19 minutes to no decision (111 rounds)
April 6 Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah dedicated
April 8 The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink
April 12 Battle at Hoornkrans Southwest-Africa: German Schutztruppen chases away Hottentotten under Hendrik Witbooi
April 22 Francis Dhanis army occupies Kasongo
April 22 Paul Kruger elected president of Transvaal for 3rd time
April 26 1st Cleveland Board of Park Commissioners forms
May 1 World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
May 4 Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
May 5 Panic of 1893: Great crash on New York Stock Exchange
May 10 19th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Kunze aboard Lookout wins in 2:39
May 10 Imperial Institute in London opens
May 11 Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
May 19 Heavy rain wash "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)
May 22 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
May 27 Audath Yisroel forms at Kattowitz (Katowice) Poland
June 1 Opera "Falstaff" is produced (Berlin)
June 10 27th Belmont: Willie Simms aboard Commanche wins in 1:53
June 16 R. W. Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack
June 19 Lizzie Bordon acquitted
June 20 Lizzie Borden acquitted in murder of parents in New Bedford Mass
June 21 1st Ferris wheel premieres at Chicago's Columbian Exposition
June 22 British fleet under Vice-Admiral George Tryon leaves Beirut
June 27 Great stock crash on New York stock exchange
June 30 Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered
July 1 San Francisco Bay City Club opens 1st U.S. bicycle race track, made of wood
July 6 British King George V marries princess Victoria of Teck (Queen Mary)
July 9 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia
July 15 Commodore Perry arrives in Japan
July 17 Arthur Shrewsbury is 1st to score 1,000 runs in Test Cricket
July 18 Harry Graham scores 107 on cricket debut Australia vs. England, Lord's
July 22 Katharine Lee Bates writes "America the Beautiful," in Colorado
July 24 For only time in history of U.S. Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
July 31 Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
August 1 Henry Perky and William Ford patent shredded wheat
August 7 53rd Congress (1893-95) convenes
August 9 1st U.S. bowling magazine, Gut Holz, published in New York
August 10 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act
August 14 France issues 1st driving licenses, included required test
August 15 U.S. no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea
August 20 Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
August 24 Tornado destroys coast of Savannah and Charleston, about 1000 die
August 30 13rd U.S. Mens Tennis: Robert D Wrenn beats Fred H Hovey (64 36 64 64)
September 4 English author Beatrix Potter 1st tells the story of Peter Rabbit
September 11 Bronx Gas and Electric Company opens on Frisby and Tremont Ave
September 11 Shaku Soen is 1st Zen teacher to visit the West (Chicago)
September 16 Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma opens white settlement homesteaders
September 19 New Zealand is 1st country to grant all its women the right to vote
September 21 Frank Duryea drives 1st U.S. made gas propelled vehicle (car)
September 22 1st auto built in U.S. (by Duryea brothers) runs in Springfield
October 1 3rd worst hurricane in U.S. history kills 1,800 (Mississippi)
October 6 Nabisco Foods invents Cream of Wheat
October 13 Vigilant (U.S.) beats Valkyrie II (England) in 9th America's Cup
October 14 George Edwardes "Gaiety Girl" premieres in London
October 14 Harry Wright suggests umps keep ball-strike count a secret
October 23 C Dazey's "In Old Kentucky" premieres in New York City (27 seasons)
October 25 Battle of Shangani, Matabeleland: Dr. Jameson beats Ndebeles
October 27 Hurricane hits coast between Savannah Georgia and Charleston SC
October 28 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducted 1st performance of "Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"
October 30 Senate approves repealing Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890
November 4 Dr. Jamesons Legertje occupies Bulawayo Matabeleland
November 7 State Colorado accept female suffrage
November 14 Gerhart Hauptmanns "Hanneles Himmelfahrt," premieres in Berlin
November 18 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Providentissimus Deus
November 19 1st newspaper color supplement (New York World)
December 3 Ndebeles destroy Rhodesia
December 5 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges
December 11 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
December 15 Dvoraks "From the New World" premieres at Carnegie Hall New York City
December 16 Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres
December 17 Russia ratifies Duple Alliance with France
December 20 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia
December 23 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)
December 24 Henry Ford completes his 1st useful gas motor
December 28 French lieutenant Boiteux annexes Tumbuktu
December 30 Russia signs military accord with France