Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 - 1895 - 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900
January 5 - Dreyfus Affair: French officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island
February 14 - First showing of Oscar Wilde's last play The Importance of Being Earnest (St. James' Theatre in London).
April 6 - Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.
April 14 - a major earthquake severely damages Ljubljana, Slovenia
May 25 - Playwright, poet and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "sodomy and gross indecency" and sentenced to serve two years in a London prison.
August 19 - American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
September 3 - The first professional football game is played, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. (Latrobe won the contest 12-0.).
November 5 - George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
November 8 - Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
November 27 - At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies (he died of a cerebral hemorrhage on December 10, 1896).
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposes a space elevator
Last major earthquake in the New Madrid Fault Zone
Year in topic
1895 in film
1895 in literature
1895 in music
1895 in sports
January 1 - J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director
January 20 - George Burns, actor, comedian († 1996)
January 21 - Cristobal Balenciaga, Spanish-French couturier († 1972)
January 24 - Eugen Roth, lyricist and narrator (+ 1976)
January 30 - Wilhelm Gustloff, Swiss Nazi party leader( + 1936)
February 2 - George Halas, American football player, coach, co-founder of the National Football League (+ 1983)
February 6 - Babe Ruth, Baseball Hall of Famer (+ 1948)
February 8 - King Vidor, director (+ 1982)
February 11 - Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer.
February 14 - Max Horkheimer, philosopher and sociologist (+ 1973)
February 21 - Henrik Carl Peter Dam Danish biochemist, winner of the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (+ 1976)
March 3 - Matthew Ridgway, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, United States Army Chief of Staff
March 17 - Shemp Howard, actor ("The Three Stooges") (+ 1955)
March 20 - Robert Benoist, Grand Prix motor racing driver/war hero
March 29 - Ernst Jünger, author (+ 1998)
March 30 - Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union (+ 1975)
April 1 - Alberta Hunter, singer (+ 1984)
April 9 - Mance Lipscomb, popular singer.
April 26 - Nathaniel Kleitman, sleep researcher (+ 1999)
May 6 - Rodolfo Valentino, Italian actor
May 8 - Fulton J. Sheen, bishop, television personality (+ 1979)
May 9 - Richard Bathelmess, actor (+ 1963)
July 10 - Carl Orff, German composer (+ 1982)
July 12 - Buckminster Fuller, American architect.
September 11 - Vinoba Bhave
September 28 - Louis Pasteur, French chemist
October 2 - Bud Abbott, actor
October 4 - Buster Keaton, American actor and film director
October 8 - Ahmet Zog, King of Albania
October 19 - Lewis Mumford, historian
October 21 - Edna Purviance, actress
November 16 - Paul Hindemith, German composer
December 2 - Harriet Cohen, pianist (+ 1967)
December 14 - King George VI of the United Kingdom
February 20 - Frederick Douglass, ex-slave and author.
March 2 - Berthe Morisot, Impressionist Painter
March 10 - Charles Frederick Worth couturier
May 19 - Jose Marti, Cuban independence leader (Dos Rios)
May 21 - Franz von Suppé, composer
June 29 - Sir Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist
October 25 - Charles Hallé, pianist and conductor
November 27 - Alexandre Dumas, fils, author, playwright\n