January 7 - W.K. Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
January 7 - Thomas Edison films his assistant, Fred Ott sneezing with the Kinetoscope at the "Black Maria."
February 13 - Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector.
April 14 - The first commercial presentation of the Kinetoscope took place in the Holland Brothers' Kinetoscope Parlor at 1155 Broadway, New York City.
Thomas Edison experiments with synchronizing audio with film; the Kinetophone is invented which loosely synchronizes a Kinetoscope image with a cylinder phonograph.
Kinetoscope viewing parlors begin to open in major cities. Each parlor contains several machines.
January 3 - Zazu Pitts, actress
September 15 - Jean Renoir, director
October 7 - Del Lord, pioneer Hollywood director (+ 1970)