Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 - 1893 - 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898
1893 World's Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition
January 1 - Japan accepts the Gregorian calendar
January 13 - The Independent Labor Party of the UK has its first meeting.
January 17 - American sugar planters overthrow the government of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii
February 1 - Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio (West Orange, New Jersey).
February - Thomas Edison builds a film studio ("Black Maria"), where the earliest Edison motion pictures were filmed.
February 21 - Thomas Edison received two U.S. patents. The first was for a "Cut Out for Incandescent Electric Lamps" and another for a "Stop Device" (No. 491,992-3). Also No. 492,150 for "Process of Coating Conductors for Incandescent Lamps."
February 23 - Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine
March 10 - Ivory Coast becomes a French colony
May 9 - First public demonstration of Edison's 1 1/2" system of Kinetoscope at the Brooklyn Institute.
July 11 - Kokichi Mikimoto develops the method to achieve cultured pearls.
July 12 - Frederick Jackson Turner gives his famous lecture entitled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" before the American Historical Association in Chicago
November 7 - Colorado women are granted the right to vote.
Change of US presidency from Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) to Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
First United States commemorative postage stamps issued for the Columbian Exposition
The first World Parliament of Religions is held in Chicago
Global financial panic (Panic of 1893)
Physicist Wilhelm Wien composes Wien's Law
France conquers Vietnam.
January 5 - Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru
January 12 - Hermann Göring, Nazi official (+ 1946)
January 12 - Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi official (+ 1946)
January 15 - Ivor Novello, actor, musician (+ 1951)
January 22 - Conrad Veidt, actor (+ 1943)
February 10 - Jimmy Durante, actor, singer, comedian, vaudevillean (+ 1980)
February 11 - Johan Alberts Dutch literary figure.
February 12 - Omar Bradley, general (+ 1981)
February 21 - Andrés Segovia, musician (+ 1987)
March 3 - Beatrice Wood, artist/ceramist
March 26 - James Bryan Conant, chemist and politician (+ 1978)
April 3 - Leslie Howard, actor (+ 1943)
April 7 - Allen Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (+ 1969)
April 9 - Victor Gollancz, British publisher (+ 1967)
May 3 - Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (+ 1975)
June 26 - Big Bill Broonzy
July 3 - Mississippi John Hurt
October 15 - King Carol II of Romania
December 26 - Mao Zedong, Chinese leader
Clement Martyn Doke (1893-1980) South African linguist
Blind Blake - influential blues singer
January 7 - Jožef Stefan, Slovene physicist, mathematician and poet (* 1835)
January 17 - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States
January 23 - Lucius Lamar, United States Supreme Court justice
February 20 - P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general
March 30 - Jane Sym-Mackenzie, First Lady of Canada