March 18 - Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams.
April 6 - Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.
April 8 - The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
May 1 - The World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
May 10 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.
June 7 - Gandhi's first act of civil disobedience.
June 13 - Grover Cleveland undergoes secret, successful surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw; operation not revealed to US public until 1917, nine years after the president's death.
June 20 - Lizzie Borden is acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother.
July 6 - The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, is nearly destroyed by a tornado that kills 71 people and injures 200.
July 11 - The first cultured pearl is obtained by Kokichi Mikimoto.
July 11 - A revolution led by the liberal general and politician, José Santos Zelaya, takes over state power in Nicaragua.
August 14 - France introduces motor vehicle registration.
September 7 - The Genoa Cricket & Athletic Club, to become the first Italian football club, is established by British expats.
September 11 - First conference of the World Parliament of Religions is held.
September 16 - Settlers race in Oklahoma for prime land in the Cherokee Strip.
September 19 - Women's suffrage: in New Zealand, the Electoral Act of 1893 is consented to by the governor giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
September 22 - The first American-made automobile, built by the Duryea Brothers, is displayed.
October 28 - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its premiere performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer's death.
November 7 - Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote.
November 12 - The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan
November 28 - Women vote in a national election for the first time: the New Zealand general election.
November 29 - Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.