|Centuries:||18th century – 19th century – 20th century|
|Decades:||1850s 1860s 1870s – 1880s – 1890s 1900s 1910s|
|Years:||1886 1887 1888 – 1889 – 1890 1891 1892|
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|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature – Music|
|Australia – Brazil - Canada – Denmark - France – Germany – Mexico – Norway - Philippines - Portugal– Russia - South Africa – Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom – United States|
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|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2642|
|British Regnal year||52 Vict. 1 – 53 Vict. 1|
|Chinese calendar||戊子年 (Earth Rat)
4585 or 4525
— to —
己丑年 (Earth Ox)
4586 or 4526
|- Vikram Samvat||1945–1946|
|- Shaka Samvat||1811–1812|
|- Kali Yuga||4990–4991|
|Japanese calendar||Meiji 22
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 12 days|
|Minguo calendar||23 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2431–2432|
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1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (dominical letter F) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday (dominical letter A) of the Julian calendar, the 1889th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 889th year of the 2nd millennium, the 89th year of the 19th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1880s decade. Note that the Julian day for 1889 is 12 calendar days difference, which continued to be used from 1582 until the complete conversion of the Gregorian calendar was entirely done in 1929.
- January 1
- January 4 – An Act to Regulate Appointments in the Marine Hospital Service of the United States is signed by President Grover Cleveland. It establishes a Commissioned Corps of officers as a predecessor to the current U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
- January 5 – Preston is declared the winner of the inaugural Football League in England.
- January 8 – Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his electric tabulating machine in the United States.
- January 15 – The Coca-Cola Company is originally incorporated as the Pemberton Medicine Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
- January 22 – Columbia Phonograph is formed in Washington, D.C.
- January 30 – Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera commit a double suicide (or a murder suicide) in the Mayerling hunting lodge.
- February 5 – The first issue of Glasgow University Magazine is published.
- February 11 – The Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the 1st Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
- February 22 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
- March 4 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd President of the United States (1885–1889) is succeeded by Benjamin Harrison (1889–1893).
- March 9 – Yohannes IV, Emperor of Ethiopia. is killed in the Battle of Metemma; Sudanese forces, who had been almost defeated, rally and destroy the Ethiopian army. Yohannes is probably the world's last ruler ever to die in battle.
- March 11 – The North Carolina Legislature issues a charter for the creation of Elon College.
- March 15 – German warships and American warships keep each other at bay in a standoff in Apia harbor, ending when a cyclone blows in.
- March 23 – Claiming to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founds the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in India.
- March 22 – English football team Sheffield United F.C. formed at the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield.
- March 31 – The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated (opens May 6). At 300 m, its height exceeds the previous tallest structure in the world by 130 m. Contemporary critics regard it as aesthetically displeasing.
- April 1 – Following a failed attempt at a coup, French defense minister Georges Boulanger is forced to flee the country.
- April 10 – The Hammarby Roddförening (later Hammarby Fotboll) is founded in Sweden.
- April 20 – Adolf Hitler is born at Braunau am Inn in Austria-Hungary on the border with Bavaria, a town where his father Alois Hitler is a customs official.
- April 22 – At high noon in Oklahoma Territory, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Rush of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed, with populations of at least 10,000.
- May 2 – Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, signs a treaty of amity with Italy, giving Italy control over what will become Eritrea.
- May 6 – The Exposition Universelle opens in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as its entrance arch. The Galerie des machines, at 111 m, spans the longest interior space in the world at this time.
- May 11 – An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.
- May 31
- June – Vincent van Gogh paints The Starry Night at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
- June 3 – The first long distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles (23 km) between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
- June 6 – The Great Seattle Fire ravages through the downtown area without any fatalities.
- June 8 – The Wall Street Journal is established.
- June 12 – The Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in the north of Ireland kills 80 people.
- June 19 – A Neapolitan baker named Raffaele Esposito invents the Pizza Margherita, named after the queen consort of Italy Margherita of Savoy. This is the forerunner of the modern pizza.
- June 29–30 – First Inter-Parliamentary Conference held.
- July 8
- The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published in New York City.
- The last official bare-knuckle boxing title fight ever held (under London Prize Ring Rules) as Heavyweight Champion John L. Sullivan, the "Boston Strong Boy", defeats Jake Kilrain in a world championship bout lasting 75 rounds in Mississippi.
- July 14 – International Workers Congresses of Paris open and establish the Second International.
- July 31 – Louise, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, marries Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife.
- August 3 – Mahdist War: Egyptian and British victory at the Battle of Toski.
- August 4 – The Great Fire of Spokane, Washington destroys some 32 blocks of the city, prompting a mass rebuilding project.
- August 6 – The Savoy Hotel in London opens.
- August 10 – At the Vienna Hofburg, the grand opening ceremony is held for the Imperial Natural History Museum (German: K.k. Naturhistorisches Hofmuseum), begun in 1871; from August 13 to the end of December, the museum counts 175,000 visitors.
- August 14–September 15 – London Dock Strike: Dockers strike for a minimum wage of sixpence an hour ("The dockers' tanner"), which they eventually receive, a landmark in the development of New Unionism in Britain.
- August 26 – The Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act, commonly known as the Children's Charter, is passed in the United Kingdom; for the first time it imposes criminal penalties to deter child abuse.
- August 30 – Official opening of Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office in London.
- August – The Jewish Settlement of Moisés Ville is founded in Argentina.
- September 10 – Albert Honoré Charles Grimaldi becomes Albert I, Prince of Monaco.
- September 17 – Civil War veteran Charles Jefferson Wright founds New York Military Academy with 75 students on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land in Cornwall, New York.
- September 23 – The Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market Hanafuda playing cards.
- October 2 – In Washington, D.C., the first International Conference of American States begins.
- October 6 – The Moulin Rouge cabaret opens in Paris.
- October 12 – Gustaf Åkerhielm, previously Swedish Foreign Minister, replaces Gillis Bildt as Prime Minister of Sweden.
- October 24 – Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of New South Wales, delivers the Tenterfield Oration calling for the Federation of Australia.
- October 29 – British South Africa Company receives a Royal Charter.
- November – The first free elections are held in Costa Rica.
- November 2
- November 8 – Montana is admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
- November 11 – Washington is admitted as the 42nd U.S. state.
- November 14 – Inspired by Jules Verne, pioneer woman journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins an attempt to beat travel around the world in less than 80 days (Bly finishes the journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes).
- November 15 – Field Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca organizes a military coup which deposes Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and abolishes the Brazilian monarchy. Deodoro da Fonseca proclaims Brazil a Republic and forms a Provisional Government.
- November 17 – The Brazilian Imperial Family is forced into exile in France.
- November 19 – The modern-day flag of Brazil is adopted by the Provisional Government of the Republic.
- November 20
- November 23 – The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
- November 27 – Clemson University is founded in Clemson, South Carolina.
- December 4 – The Bayswater Railway Station (Victoria, Australia) officially opens.
- December 14 – Wofford and Furman play the first intercollegiate football game in the state of South Carolina.
- December 23 – The Spanish football team Recreativo de Huelva is formed (the oldest club in Spain by the 21st century).
- An early method of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission as developed by the Swiss engineer René Thury  is implemented commercially in Italy by the Acquedotto de Ferrari-Galliera company. This system transmits 630 kW at 14 kV DC over a distance of 120 km.
- The first West Virginia tornado is recorded.
- The Wisden Cricketers' Almanack publishes its first Wisden Cricketers of the Year (actually titled Six Great Bowlers Of The Year). The cricketers chosen are George Lohmann, Bobby Peel, Johnny Briggs, Charles Turner, John Ferris and Sammy Woods.
- Frederick Abel invents cordite.
- Influenza pandemic originates in Russia.
- Yellow fever interrupts the building of the Panama Canal.
- A huge locust swarm crosses the Red Sea and destroys crops in the Nile Valley.
- The Capilano Suspension Bridge (the longest suspension foot-bridge in the world) is opened.
- Brook trout is introduced into the upper Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park.
- Schools founded include:
- The Indian Religious Code is created which forbids Native Americans to practice their religions.
- Samuel Marinus Zwemer co-founds the American Arabian Mission
- January 2 – Walter Baldwin, American actor (d. 1977)
- January 12 – Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, 2nd Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam (d. 1965)
- January 21 – Edith Bratt, English wife of J. R. R. Tolkien (d. 1971)
- January 31 – Frank Foster, English cricketer (d. 1958)
- February 2 – Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French general, posthumous Marshal of France (d. 1952)
- February 3 – Risto Ryti, Prime Minister and President of Finland (d. 1956)
- February 5 – Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (d. 1962)
- February 7 – Harry Nyquist, Swedish-American contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
- February 11 – John H. Mills, Sr., African-American singer, one of the Mills Brothers (d. 1967)
- February 12
- February 19 – Ernest Marsden, British physicist (d. 1970)
- February 22
- February 23 – Victor Fleming, American motion picture director, (d. 1949)
- February 24 – Suzanne Bianchetti, French actress (d. 1936)
- March 1
- March 4
- March 6 – William D. Francis, Australian botanist (d. 1959)
- March 7 – Godfrey Chevalier, American naval aviation pioneer (d. 1922)
- March 16 – Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
- March 21 – Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer and actor (d. 1957)
- March 24 – Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
- March 29 – Warner Baxter, American actor (d. 1951)
- March 30 – Herman Bing, German-American character actor and voice actor (d. 1947)
- April 4 – Angelo Iachino, Italian admiral (d. 1976)
- April 7 – Gabriela Mistral, Chilean writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
- April 8 – Adrian Boult, English conductor (d. 1983)
- April 11 – Nick LaRocca, American musician (d. 1961)
- April 14 – Arnold J. Toynbee, British historian (d. 1975)
- April 15 – Thomas Hart Benton, American painter (d. 1975)
- April 16 – Charlie Chaplin, English actor and film director (d. 1977)
- April 18 – Harold Saxton Burr, American scientist (d. 1973)
- April 20 – Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born dictator of Nazi Germany (d. 1945)
- April 21
- April 23 – Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral (d. 1942)
- April 26 – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher (d. 1951)
- April 28
- April 30 – Fritz Pfeffer, German-Dutch housemate of Anne Frank (d. 1944)
- May 12 – Otto Frank, German publisher, businessman, father of Anne Frank (d. 1980)
- May 18 – Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
- May 25
- June 2 – Martha Wentworth, American actress (d. 1974)
- June 4 – Beno Gutenberg, German-American seismologist (d. 1960)
- June 13 – Adolphe Pégoud, French acrobatic pilot and World War I fighter ace (d. 1915)
- June 21 – Ralph Craig, American athlete (d. 1972)
- June 23 – Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (d. 1966)
- June 27 – Moroni Olsen, American actor (d. 1954)
- July 2 – Alexander I, King of Serbia (d. 1903)
- July 5 – Jean Cocteau, French writer (d. 1963)
- July 7 – Shiro Kawase, Japanese admiral (d. 1946)
- July 17 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American author (d. 1970)
- July 22 – Tony Jannus, American aviator and aircraft designer (d. 1916)
- July 24 – Murray Kinnell, English actor (d. 1954)
- July 30 – Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-American inventor and engineer (d. 1982)
- August 5 – Conrad Aiken, American writer (d. 1973)
- August 6 – George Kenney, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (d. 1977)
- August 10 – Norman Scott, American admiral and Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1942)
- August 11 – William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn Scottish psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and a central figure in the development of the object relations theory of psychoanalysis. (d. 1942)
- August 12 – Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
- August 21 – Sir Richard O'Connor, British general in World War II (d. 1981)
- August 29 – Joseph Egger, Austrian character actor (d. 1966)
- September 2 – George H. Plympton, American screenwriter (d. 1972)
- September 7 – Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer (d. 1953)
- September 8 – Robert A. Taft, U.S. Senator from Ohio (d. 1953)
- September 11 – Suzanne Duchamp, French painter (d. 1963)
- September 12 – Ugo Pasquale Mifsud, 3rd Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1942)
- September 14 – María Capovilla, Ecuadorian supercentenarian, the last surviving person verified as born in 1889 (d. 2006)
- September 18 – Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (d. 1970)
- September 20 – Charles Reidpath, American athlete (d. 1975)
- September 25 – C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator (d. 1930)
- September 26 – Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (d. 1976)
- October 1 – Charles Hurlbut "Dutch" Sterrett, American professional baseball player (d. 1965)
- October 3 – Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1938)
- October 8 – C. E. Woolman, American airline executive (d. 1966)
- October 13
- November 1 – Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker, Canadian-born peace activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1982)
- November 10 – Claude Rains, English stage and film actor (d. 1967)
- November 12 – DeWitt Wallace, American magazine publisher (Reader's Digest) (d. 1981)
- November 14 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India (d. 1964)
- November 16 – George S. Kaufman, American playwright (d. 1961)
- November 18 – Zoltán Tildy, President of Hungary (d. 1961)
- November 19 – Vasily Blyukher, Soviet military commander (d. 1938)
- November 20 – Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (d. 1953)
- November 23
- November 25 – George McMillin, American admiral, last Naval Governor of Guam (d. 1983)
- November 30
- December 4 – Isabel Randolph, American actress (d. 1973)
- December 7 – Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher and playwright (d. 1973)
- December 9 – Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (d. 1966)
- December 11 – Walter Knott, American farmer and creator of Knott's Berry Farm (d. 1981)
- January 13 – Solomon Bundy, American politician (b. 1823)
- January 30
- February 3 – Belle Starr, American outlaw (b. 1848)
- February 13 – João Maurício Vanderlei, Brazilian magistrate and politician (b. 1815)
- March 8 – John Ericsson, Swedish inventor and engineer (b. 1803)
- March 9 – Emperor Yohannes IV of Ethiopia (b. 1837)
- March 24 – The Leatherman, possibly French-Canadian vagabond in the U.S. (b. ca. 1839)
- April 7 – Youssef Bey Karam, Lebanese nationalist leader (b. 1823)
- April 15 – Father Damien, Belgian missionary to Hawaiians with leprosy (b. 1840)
- April 23 – Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, French writer (b. 1808)
- May 9 – William S. Harney, U.S. Army general (b. 1800)
- May 14 – Volney E. Howard, American politician (b. 1809)
- May 12 – Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian satirist (b. 1826)
- June 8 – Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (b. 1844)
- June 10 – Abraham Hochmuth, Hungarian rabbi (b. 1816)
- June 15 – Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (b. 1850)
- June 25 – Lucy Webb Hayes, First Lady of the United States (b. 1831)
- July 7 – Giovanni Bottesini, Italian conductor, composer, and virtuoso double bass player (b. 1821)
- July 10 – Julia Gardiner Tyler, First Lady of the United States (b. 1820)
- August 2 – Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
- August 19 – Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (b. 1838)
- September 16 – Bob Younger, American outlaw and youngest of the Younger outlaws
- September 23 – Wilkie Collins, British novelist (b. 1824)
- September 24 – Charles Leroux, American balloonist and parachutist (b. 1856)
- October 10 – Adolf von Henselt, German composer
- October 11 – James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
- October 17 – Rodrigo Augusto da Silva, Brazilian Senator and author of the Golden Law (b. 1833)
- October 19 – King Luís I of Portugal (b. 1838)
- October 25 – Émile Augier, French dramatist (b. 1820)
- November 18 – William Allingham, Irish author (b. 1824 or 1828)
- December 6 – Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
- December 12 – Robert Browning, English poet (b. 1812)
- December 29 – Glele, King of Dahomey (suicide)
- December 31 – Ion Creangă, Romanian writer (b. 1837 or 1839)
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