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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1890 AD


January 2: Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
January 2: Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny
January 3: 1st U.S. college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
January 7: W B Purvis patents fountain pen
January 10: Edward Macdowell's "Lancelot and Elaine," premieres
January 10: Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Sapientiae Christianae
January 21: 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper
January 22: Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in New York City
January 25: National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
January 25: Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg's time around world by 8 days (72 days)
January 25: United Mine Workers of America forms


February 10: Around 11M acres, ceded to U.S. by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
February 14: 1st NSW vs. South Australia 1st-class cricket game
February 20: Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
February 27: D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw


March 1: 1st U.S. edition of Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet) published
March 2: Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 5 km (9:19)
March 18: 1st U.S. state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)
March 20: General Federation of Womans' Clubs founded
March 20: German emperor Wilhelm II fires republic chancellor Otto Von Bismarck
March 21: Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
March 24: Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge"


April 6: French troops under captain Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
April 11: Ellis Island designated as an immigration station
April 14: Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Washington D.C.)
April 18: New York Commission of Emigration ends, closing Castle Clinton
April 19: Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels
April 26: Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London
April 27: French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Oussebougou West Sudan


May 2: Territory of Oklahoma created
May 6: Mormon Church renounces polygamy
May 12: Louisiana legalized prize fighting
May 13: 18th Preakness: W Martin aboard Montague wins in 2:36.75
May 13: Lord Salisbury offers Germany Helgoland in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda and Equatoria
May 14: 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
May 17: Clyde Fitch's "Beau Brummel," premieres in New York City
May 17: Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
May 17: Pietro Costanzi's opera "Rustic Chivalry," premieres in Rome
May 24: Caprivi succeeds Bismarck on as chancellor of Germany
May 24: Geo Train and Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
May 24: Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
May 30: 1st Dodger home run (Dave Foutz)


June 1: U.S. census at 62,622,250
June 6: United States Polo Association forms, New York City
June 9: Opera "Robin Hood" premieres in Chicago
June 10: 24th Belmont: Pike Barnes aboard Burlington wins in 2:07.75
June 13: Eagle Ave in the Bronx is cut out and named
June 27: Cecil Rhodes' colonies attack Motlousi at Matabeleland
June 27: George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)


July 1: Great Britain and Germany sign Zanzibar-Helgoland Treaty
July 2: Congress passes Sherman Antitrust Act
July 3: Idaho admitted as 43rd U.S. state
July 3: King Leopold II gives Congo to Belgium
July 10: Wyoming becomes 44th state of U.S., 1st with female suffrage
July 17: Cecil Rhodes becomes premier of Cape colony
July 20: "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" begins publishing
July 20: Snow and hail in Calais, ME
July 23: Jack Barrett carries his cricket bat for Australia at Lord's (67)


August 1: Cecil Rhodes' colonies reach Lundi
August 5: British and French accord to divide African colonization
August 6: Cy Young pitches and wins 1st game
August 8: Daughters of American Revolution organizes
August 9: 1st 44 Javans arrive in Suriname, to work 5 year on sugar plantations
August 14: Cecil Rhodes' colonies reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
August 16: Alexander Clark, journalist/lawyer, named minister to Liberia
August 25: Would be start of England/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout


September 1: 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
September 3: Oliver S. Campbell wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 12: Cecil Rhodes' colonies reach Mashonaland (Ft. Salisbury)
September 13: Cecil Rhodes' colonies hoist Union Jack in Mashonaland and Salisbury
September 16: Newswriter George Whitney Calhoun names Green Bay team Packers
September 19: Turkish frigate "Ertogrul" burns off of Japan, kills 540
September 23: Ed Cartwright bats in 7 RBIs in 1 inning
September 24: President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned
September 25: Congress establishes Yosemite National Park
September 25: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Silver Blaze"
September 26: U.S. stops minting $1 and $3 gold coin and 3 cent piece
September 29: 1st pro baseball game, New York Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings at Polo Grounds in New York City


October 1: Congress creates Weather Bureau
October 1: Yosemite National Park forms
October 3: Captain Guillaume of Kerckhoven marches into Boma Congo
October 6: Mormon Church outlaws polygamy
October 9: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Red-Headed League"
October 11: 1st 100 yard dash under 10 seconds (John Owens 9-4/5 seconds, Washington D.C.)
October 11: Daughters of American Revolution forms
October 15: Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham
October 18: John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds
October 23: Opera "Prince Igor" is produced (St. Petersburg)
October 28: Last NL-AA World Series game Brooklyn ties Louisville 3 games and 1 tie


November 4: Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate
November 4: Prince of Wales opens 1st underground (Station Stockwell, London)
November 4: St. Aleksandr Borodons opera "Prins Igor," premieres in Petersburg
November 11: D. McCree patents portable fire escape
November 20: Pope Leo XIII encyclical On slavery in missions
November 27: 1st signal box for San Francisco Police Department goes into operation
November 29: 1st Army-Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point


December 4: Willem III, Dutch king, buried
December 5: Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens," premieres in Karlsruhe
December 18: Lugards expedition to Mengo/Kampala, Uganda
December 19: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Beryl Coronet"
December 21: Pim Mulier 1st and only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
December 26: King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
December 29: U.S. 7th Cavalry massacre about 300 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota
December 31: Ellis Island, in New York City, opens as a U.S. immigration depot
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