Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 - 1891 - 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896
January 20 - James Hogg becomes the first native Texan to be governor of that state.
January 29 - Liliuokalani proclaimed Queen of Hawaii
March 17 - The British steamship SS Utopia sinks off the coast of Gibraltar, killing 574.
May 1 - Nine killed and thirty wounded when troops fire on workers' May Day demonstration in support of eight-hour workday in Fourmies, France.
May 20 - First public display of Thomas Alva Edison's prototype kinetoscope (shown at Edison's Laboratory for a convention of the National Federation of Women's Clubs).
June 16 - John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister.
June 21 -Ffirst long-distance transmission of Alternating current by the Ames power plant near Telluride, Colorado by Lucien and Paul Nunn.
August 27 - France and Russia conclude defensive alliance.
October 1 - In California, Stanford University opens its doors
December 29 - Thomas Edison patents the radio
Winter - James Naismith invents Basketball
January 8 - Walther Bothe, physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1954 (+ 1957)
February 9 - Ronald Colman, actor (+ 1958)
February 11 - J W Hearne English cricket player.
February 27 - David Sarnoff, broadcasting pioneer (+ 1971)
March 10 - Sam Jaffe, actor (+ 1984)
March 19 - Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States (+ 1974)
March 24 - John Knittel, dramatist (+ 1970)
March 29 - Yvan Goll, lyricist and dramatist (+ 1950)
April 2 - Max Ernst, painter (+ 1976)
April 13 - Nella Larsen, African-American novelist.
April 17 - George Adamski, UFO traveler
April 23 - Sergei Prokofiev, Soviet composer
May 15 - Mikhail Bulgakov, writer (+ 1940)
May 16 - Richard Tauber, tenor (+ 1948)
May 18 - Rudolf Carnap, German philosopher (+ 1970)
May 19 - Oswald Boelcke, World War I fighter ace (+ 1916)
May 24 - William F. Albright, American archeologist and Biblical scholar
June 9 - Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter
June 20 - John A. Costello, second Taoiseach of Ireland (+ 1976)
September 14 - William F. Friedman, cryptanalyst
November 14 - Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine, 1923
November 15 - Erwin Rommel, German field marshal
December 26 - Henry Miller, writer
January 5 - Emma Abbott, american opera singer
January 21 - Calixa Lavallée, composer
April 7 - P. T. Barnum, circus impresario
July 4 - Hannibal Hamlin, US politician.
September 15 - Ivan Goncharov, Russian author of Oblomov.
October 6 - Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish Nationalist leader.
October 15 - Gilbert Arthur a Beckett, writer.
November 10 - Arthur Rimbaud, poet