Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 - 1894 - 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
January 8 - A fire at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago causes a good deal of damage.
January 9 - New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard (Lexington, Massachusetts).
February 15 - 04:51 GMT , French anarchist Martial Boudin attempts to destroy the Royal Greenwich Observatory , London, England with a bomb.
March 12 - For the first time Coca-Cola is sold in bottles.
March 25 - Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C
May - outbreak of bubonic plague in the Tai Ping Shan area of Hong Kong. The disease killed a total of 2,552 people in the territory that year
May 1 - Coxey's Army arrives in Washington D.C.
May 11 - Pullman Strike: Three thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a "wildcat" (without Union approval) strike in Illinois.
June 23 - International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
July 4 - The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole.
September 1 - Great Hinckley Fire: A forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota kills more than 400 people.
September 4 - In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.
October 20 (O.S.) = November 1 (N.S.) - Russian Tsar Alexander III dies and is succeeded by his son Nicholas II.
December 18 - Women in South Australia become the first in Australia to gain the right to vote and to be elected to Parliament.
December 21 - Mackenzie Bowell becomes Canada's fifth prime minister.
Art, Culture & Fashion
1894 in film
1894 in literature
1894 in music
1894 in sports
March 22 - The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts.
Chaim Soutine, painter
January 20 - Walter Piston, composer
January 30 - King Boris III of Bulgaria (+ 1943)
February 1 - John Ford, director, producer (+ 1973)
February 8 - Ludwig Marcuse, author and philosopher (+ 1971)
February 10 - Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of Great Britain (+ 1986)
February 11 - Alfonso Leng, composer.
February 11 - Isaac Kolthooff chemist
February 14 - Jack Benny, actor, comedian (+ 1974)
February 28 - Ben Hecht, playwright, film writer (+ 1964)
March 17 - Paul Green, novelist, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (+ 1981)
March 19 - Joe Venuti, jazz musician and violinist (+ 1978)
March 19 - Moms Mabley, comedienne (+ 1975)
April 10 - Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist, Gandhian and educationist.
April 15 - Bessie Smith, blues singer.
April 17 - Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev, Soviet politician and leader.
April 26 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (+ 1987)
May 11 - Martha Graham, dancer, choreographer (+ 1991)
May 20 - Adela Rogers St. Johns, author (+ 1988)
May 27 - Dashiell Hammett, author of detective novels (+ 1961)
May 31 - Fred Allen, comedian.
June 14 - Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide of Luxembourg
June 23 - King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom
September 13 - J. B. Priestley, English novelist and playwright (+ 1984)
September 15 - Jean Renoir, Film Director
September 24 - Tommy Armour, professional golfer (+ 1968)
October 7 - Del Lord, pioneer Hollywood director (+ 1970)
October 14 - E. E. Cummings, American poet.
October 25 - Claude Cahun, Photographer and Writer (Born Lucy Schwob) (+ 1954)
November 2 - Alexander Lippisch, German aerodynamicist († 1976)
February 4 - Adolphe Sax, instrument maker, inventor of the saxophone
February 11 - Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer
March 30 - Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aerospace engineer
June 3 - Karl Eduard Zachariae Expert on Byzantine Law
October 24 - Alexander III of Russia, Tsar
November 20 - Anton Rubinstein, pianist and composer
November 25 - Solomon Caesar Malan, orientalist (* 1812)
December 3 - Robert Louis Stevenson, author
December 12 - John Sparrow David Thompson, Canadian prime minister