- Japan invades Korea, beginning the first war between China and Japan.
- The International Olympic Committee is established in Paris.
- New Zealand enacts the world's first minimum wage law.
- Russian emperor Alexander III is succeeded by his son, Nicholas II.
- After the queen of Hawaii is overthrown, a republic is proclaimed by Sanford B Dole.
- Coxey's Army, a protest march by workers, unemployed because of the national financial crisis that begun the year before, moves through the northwest commandeering a Northwest Pacific train on their way to Washington, D.C. Two months later, 3000 Pullman factory workers go out on a strike in Illinois.
- Oil is discovered on vast prairie land of the Osage reservation, making them the "richest people on earth." This brought wealth, but problems to the tribe as the Bureau of Indian Affairs allowed non-tribal people to claim membership to their profit.
- Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
- Notable new book: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain. Stephen Crane's Civil War novel, Red Badge of Courage, is published as a serial in the Philadelphia Press, a newspaper. The drama, Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw, is staged in London.
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