April 11 - The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.
May 13 - With the passage of the Lei Áurea ("Golden Law"), Brazil abolishes slavery.
June 3 - The poem "Casey at the Bat", by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.
June 5 - The Rio de la Plata Earthquake takes place.
June 23 - Frederick Douglass is the first African-American nominated for U.S. president.
June 29 - First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.
July 15 - The stratovolcano Mount Bandai erupts killing approximately 500 people.
August 5 - Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the first long distance automobile trip.
August 20 - Mutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.
August 21 - The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
August 31 - Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper's known victims.
September 4 - George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.
September 6 - Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season ¨C a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times).
September 8 - In London, the body of Jack the Ripper's second murder victim, Annie Chapman, is found.
September 8 - In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
September 11 - Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
September 22 - The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published
September 30 - Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.
October 9 - The Washington Monument officially opens to the general public.
October 14 - Louis Le Prince films first motion picture: Roundhay Garden Scene.
October 15 - The "From Hell" letter sent by Jack the Ripper is received by the investigators.
October 17 - Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
November 9 - Jack the Ripper kills Mary Jane Kelly, his last known victim.
December 9 - Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
December 18 - Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde.