1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar, the 1893rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 893rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 93rd year of the 19th century, and the 4th year of the 1890s decade. As of the start of 1893, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
|Ab urbe condita||2646|
|Balinese saka calendar||1814–1815|
|British Regnal year||56 Vict. 1 – 57 Vict. 1|
|Chinese calendar||壬辰年 (Water Dragon)|
4589 or 4529
— to —
癸巳年 (Water Snake)
4590 or 4530
|- Vikram Samvat||1949–1950|
|- Shaka Samvat||1814–1815|
|- Kali Yuga||4993–4994|
|Japanese calendar||Meiji 26|
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 12 days|
|Minguo calendar||19 before ROC|
|Thai solar calendar||2435–2436|
2019 or 1638 or 866
— to —
2020 or 1639 or 867
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- January 2 – Webb C. Ball introduces railroad chronometers, which become the general railroad timepiece standards in North America.
- January 6 – The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress; the charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.
- January 13
- January 15 – The Telefon Hírmondó service starts with around 60 subscribers, in Budapest.
- January 17 – Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii: Lorrin A. Thurston and the Citizen's Committee of Public Safety in Hawaii, with the intervention of the United States Marine Corps, overthrow the government of Queen Liliuokalani.
- January 21
- February 1 – Thomas Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
- February 19 – The SS Naronic is believed to have sunk due to a storm.
- February 23 – Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine.
- February 24 – American University is established by an Act of Congress, in Washington, D.C.
- February 28 – USS Indiana, the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to other nation's battleships of the time, is launched.
- March 4 – Grover Cleveland is sworn in, as the 24th President of the United States.
- March 10 – Ivory Coast becomes a French colony.
- March 20 – In Belgium, Adam Worth is sentenced to 7 years for robbery (he is released in 1897).
- April 1 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer is established in the United States Navy.
- April 6 – The iconic Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated, after 40 years of construction.
- April 8 – The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, between the Geneva College Covenanters and the New Brighton YMCA.
- April 17 – Belgian general strike of 1893: Riots erupt in Mons; the day after, the Belgian Parliament approves universal male suffrage.
- April 17 – The Alpha Xi Delta Sorority is founded at Lombard College, in Galesburg, Illinois.
- May – The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is formed.
- May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, Illinois. The first United States commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition.
- May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
- May 9 – Edison's 1½ inch system of Kinetoscope is first demonstrated in public, at the Brooklyn Institute.
- May 10 – Nix v. Hedden: the United States Supreme Court legally declares the tomato to be a vegetable.
- May 23 – Mahatma Gandhi arrives in South Africa, where he will live until 1914, lead non-violent protests on behalf of Indian immigrants in the South African Republic (Transvaal), and generally have a deeper experience of such activities during these years.
- June 4 – The Anti-Saloon League is incorporated, originally as a state organization, in Oberlin, Ohio.  On December 18, 1895, it becomes a nationwide organization. The same year, the American Council on Alcohol Problems is established, along with the Committee of Fifty for the Study of the Liquor Problem.
- June 6 – Prince George, Duke of York (later George V) marries Mary of Teck.
- June 17 – Gold is found in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
- June 20
- June 22 – The flagship HMS Victoria (1887) of the British Mediterranean Fleet collides with HMS Camperdown (1885), and sinks in 10 minutes; Vice-admiral Sir George Tryon goes down with his ship.
- July 1 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland is operated on in secret.
- July 6 – The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, is nearly destroyed by a tornado; 71 people are killed and 200 injured.
- July 11
- July 13
- Paknam Incident: Two French Navy ships are fired upon by Siamese cannons stationed at the Paknam Fort, that guards the Chao Phraya River.  Three months later, Siam is forced to cede modern day Laos to France.
- Frederick Jackson Turner gives a lecture titled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" before the American Historical Association in Chicago.
- Dundee F.C., a Scottish football club, is formed.
- July 25 – The Corinth Canal is completed in Greece.
- August 15 – The Ibadan area becomes a British protectorate, after a treaty signed by Fijabi, the Baale of Ibadan with the British acting Governor of Lagos, George C. Denton.
- August 27 – The Sea Islands hurricane hits Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Sea Islands, killing 1,000–2,000.
- September 1 – William Ewart Gladstone's Government of Ireland Bill 1893, intended to give Ireland self-government, is rejected by the British Parliament.
- September 7
- September 11
- The World Parliament of Religions in Chicago opens its first meeting; Hindu monk Swami Vivekanda receives a standing ovation, for his address in response to his welcoming.
- September 12 – American Temperance University begins classes in Washington, D.C. (it closes after 15 years, in May 1908). 
- September 16 – Settlers make a land run for prime land, in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma.
- September 19
- Swami Vivekananda delivers an inspiring speech on his paper, at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.
- Russian ironclad Rusalka disappears in a storm en route from Tallinn to Helsinki; her hulk is eventually discovered in July 2003, off Helsinki.
- September 21 – Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea drive the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America, on public roads in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- September 23 – The Bahá'í Faith is first publicly mentioned in the United States, at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- September 27 – The World Parliament of Religions holds its closing meeting in Chicago.
- September 28 – The Portuguese sports club Futebol Clube do Porto is founded.
- October 10 – The first car number plates appear in Paris, France.
- October 13
- October 16 – American sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill copyright their book Song Stories for the Kindergarten including "Good Morning to All". The melody, by Mildred Hill, is later adapted, without authorization, by Robert H. Coleman as "Good Morning to You!", with the second stanza containing the words to "Happy Birthday to You", leading to a successful copyright lawsuit by the Hill sisters in 1934. 
- October 23 – The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) is founded by Bulgarians, in the town of Thessaloniki. Its aim is to liberate the region of Macedonia from the Ottoman Turks.
- October 28 (October 16 O.S.) – In Saint Petersburg (Russia), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts the first performance of his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique, nine days before his death.
- October 30 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, closes.
- November 7 – Colorado women are granted the right to vote.
- November 12 – The Durand Line is established as the boundary between British India and Afghanistan, by a memorandum of understanding signed by Sir Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary of British India, and Abdur Rahman Khan, Amir of Afghanistan.
- November 15 – FC Basel football club is founded in Switzerland.
- November 16 – Athletic club Královské Vinohrady, later Sparta Prague, is founded.
- November 26 – The Adventure of the Final Problem, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is published in the December 1893 issue of Strand Magazine, serialized in Sunday newspapers worldwide, and surprises the reading public, by revealing that his popular character Sherlock Holmes had apparently died at the Reichenbach Falls on May 4, 1891.  
- December – Carl Anton Larsen becomes the first man to ski in Antarctica.
- December 4 – First Matabele War: The Shangani Patrol of British South Africa Company soldiers is ambushed and annihilated, by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors.
- December 5 – Plural voting is abolished in New South Wales.
- December 8 – In the United States, the National Education Association releases the final report from the Committee of Ten at a conference at Columbia University, recommending standardization of the high school curriculum. 
- December 16 – Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 (From the New World receives its premiere at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
- December 20 – Evergreen Park, Illinois, is incorporated.
- Physicist Wilhelm Wien formulates Wien's displacement law.
- Millbank Prison in London is demolished.
- In the U.S., the National Sculpture Society (NSS) is founded.
- Football club Dulwich Hamlet is founded.
- TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas is founded.
- Colored High becomes the first African-American high school in Houston, Texas; its name is later changed to Booker T. Washington High School.
- The Ardabil Carpet is brought to London.
- Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, is incorporated as a town.
- Small anti-Semitic parties secure 2.9% of votes in Germany.
- Before 1893 – 8,000 Chinese arrive in Cuba.
- 71.2% of the working population of São Paulo is foreign-born.
- The University of Exeter Debating Society is founded
- January 1 – Minoru Sasaki, Japanese general (d. 1961)
- January 5 – Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (d. 1952)
- January 10 – Vicente Huidobro, Chilean poet (d. 1948)
- January 11 – Anthony M. Rud, American writer (d. 1942)
- January 12
- January 15 – Ivor Novello, Welsh actor, musician (d. 1951)
- January 22
- January 27 – Soong Ching-ling, one of the Soong sisters, wife of Chinese president Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
- January 28 – Catherine Caradja, Romanian aristocrat, philanthropist (d. 1993)
- February 3 – Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
- February 9 – Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1987)
- February 10 – Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (d. 1980)
- February 12 – Omar Bradley, American general (d. 1981)
- February 13
- February 16
- February 19 – Sir Cedric Hardwicke, English actor (d. 1964)
- February 21 – Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
- February 24 – Tokushichi Mishima, Japanese inventor, engineer (d. 1975)
- February 28 – Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1979)
- March 1 – Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (d. 1968)
- March 3
- March 7 – Elsa Ratassepp, Estonian actress (d. 1972)
- March 8 – Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer, guitarist (d. 1966) (some sources give his year of birth as 1892)
- March 11 – Wanda Gág, American children's author and artist (d. 1946)
- March 14 – Arthur C. Davis, American admiral (d. 1965)
- March 18 – Wilfred Owen, English soldier, poet (d. 1918)
- March 19 – José María Velasco Ibarra, former President of Ecuador (d. 1979)
- March 22 – Kleber Claux, French-born Australian anarchist, nudist (d. 1971)
- March 24
- March 26 – Palmiro Togliatti, Italian communist leader (d. 1964)
- March 30 – Ethel Owen, American actress (d. 1997)
- March 31 – Herbert Meinhard Mühlpfordt, German historian (d. 1982)
- April 1 – Cicely Courtneidge, British actress (d. 1980)
- April 3 – Leslie Howard, English actor (d. 1943)
- April 6– Alfred Gerstenberg, German Luftwaffe general (d. 1959)
- April 9
- April 12 – Robert Harron, American actor (d. 1920)
- April 15 – Maximilian Ritter von Pohl, German army, air force officer (d. 1951)
- April 18 – Georges Boulanger, Romanian violinist (d. 1958)
- April 20
- April 21 – Matsuji Ijuin, Japanese admiral (d. 1944)
- April 23 – Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (d. 1969)
- April 29 – Harold Urey, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
- April 30 – Harold Breen, Australian public servant (d. 1966)
- May 3 – Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer, public benefactor (d. 1975)
- May 8
- May 16 – Clement Martyn Doke, South African linguist (d. 1980)
- May 21 – Giles Chippindall, Australian public servant (d. 1969)
- May 23 – Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist, paleontologist (d. 1977)
- May 25 – Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, American country music artist (d. 1968)
- May 26 – Norma Talmadge, American actress (d. 1957)
- June 4 – Armand Călinescu, 39th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1939)
- June 7 – Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (d. 1938)
- June 12 – John R. Hodge, United States Army general (d. 1963)
- June 13 – Dorothy L. Sayers, British crime writer, poet, playwright and essayist (d. 1957)
- June 14 – Siggie Nordstrom, American model, actress, entertainer, socialite and singer (d. 1980)
- June 23 – Herman H. Hanneken, United States Marine Corps officer (d. 1986)
- June 24
- June 26 – Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer, composer (d. 1958) (some sources give his year of birth as 1903)
- June 29 – Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (d. 1958)
- June 30
- July 1 – Mario de Bernardi, Italian aviator (d. 1959)
- July 3 – Mississippi John Hurt, American musician (d. 1966)
- July 4 – Norman Manley, Jamaican statesman (d. 1969)
- July 5
- July 9 – George Geary, English cricketer (d. 1981)
- July 11 – Edward "Eddie" Stinson, American aviator, aircraft manufacturer (d. 1932)
- July 12
- July 18
- July 20
- July 22 – Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (d. 1990)
- July 25 – Dorothy Dickson, American-born actress, socialite (d. 1995)
- July 28 – Rued Langgaard, Danish composer, organist (d. 1952)
- July 30 – Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation (d. 1967)
- August 4 – Fritz Gause, German historian (d. 1973)
- August 6 – Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
- August 14
- August 15 – Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer, computing pioneer (d. 1950)
- August 17 – Mae West, American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol (d. 1980)
- August 18 – Frank Linke-Crawford, Austro-Hungarian fighter pilot (d. 1918)
- August 22
- August 23 – Aleksandr Loktionov, Soviet general (d. 1941)
- August 24 – Haim Ernst Wertheimer German-born Israeli biochemist, recipient of the Israel Prize (d. 1978)
- August 25 – Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962)
- August 30 – Huey Long, Louisiana governor and senator (d. 1935)
- September 6 – Claire Lee Chennault, American aviator, general, and leader of the Flying Tigers (d. 1958)
- September 10
- September 12 – Frederick William Franz, American President of Jehovah's Witnesses (d. 1992)
- September 13 – Larry Shields, American musician (d. 1953)
- September 16 – Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
- September 18
- September 30 – Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman (d. 1964)
- October 1 – Marianne Brandt, German industrial designer (d. 1983)
- October 8 – Clarence Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (d. 1965) (some sources give his year of birth as 1898)
- October 9 – Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer (d. 1945)
- October 14 – Lillian Gish, American actress (d. 1993)
- October 15 – King Carol II of Romania (d. 1953)
- October 16 – Harry Donenfeld, American publisher (d. 1965)
- October 18
- October 23 – Gummo Marx, American comedian, actor (d. 1977)
- October 26 – Oliver P. Smith, American general (d. 1977)
- November 2 – Victor Crutchley, British admiral (d. 1986)
- November 5 – Raymond Loewy, French-born American industrial designer (d. 1986)
- November 8 – Prajadhipok, Rama VII, King of Siam (d. 1941)
- November 10 – John P. Marquand, American novelist (d. 1960)
- November 12 – Leonard F. Wing, American general, politician (d. 1945)
- November 13 – Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1986)
- November 20 – Grace Darmond, Canadian-born American actress (d. 1963)
- November 22
- November 24 – Fern Andra, American actress (d. 1974)
- November 27 – Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río, 26th President of Ecuador (d. 1969)
- December 1 – Henry J. Cadbury, American biblical scholar, Quaker (d. 1974)
- December 2 – Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer, pianist (d. 2002)
- December 3
- December 7
- December 8 – Pierre Etchebaster, French real tennis player (d. 1980)
- December 23 – Ann Pennington, American actress, dancer (d. 1971)
- December 24 – Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)
- December 26 – Mao Zedong, Chinese leader (d. 1976)
- December 29 – Berthold Bartosch, Bohemian animator (d. 1968)
- January 2 – John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)
- January 7 – Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist, mathematician, and poet (b. 1835)
- January 11 – Benjamin Butler, American lawyer, politician, and general (b. 1818)
- January 17 – Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
- January 23 – Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1825)
- January 27 – James G. Blaine, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1830)
- February 1 – George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
- February 4 – Concepción Arenal, Spanish feminist writer, activist (b. 1820)
- February 8 – Jennie Casseday, American philanthropist (b. 1840)
- February 10 – Henry Churchill de Mille, American dramatist, playwright and father of Cecil B. DeMille (b. 1853)
- February 13 – Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican novelist (b. 1834)
- February 17 – Sir Arthur Cumming, British admiral (b. 1817)
- February 18
- February 20 – P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)
- March 7 – Francisco Robles, 6th President of Ecuador (b. 1811)
- March 16 – William H. Illingworth, American photographer (b. 1844)
- March 17
- March 18
- March 21 – Mary Foot Seymour, American school founder (b. 1846)
- March 30 – Jane Sym-Mackenzie, second wife of Canada's second prime minister (b. 1825)
- April 8 – August Czartoryski, Polish prince (b. 1858)
- April 17 – Lucy Larcom, American teacher and author (b. 1824)
- April 19 – John Addington Symonds, English poet, literary critic (b. 1840)
- April 22 – Edward Fitzgerald Beale, American adventurer, businessman (b. 1822)
- April 26 – Harriette Baker, American children's books author (b. 1815)
- April 27 – John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand (b. 1839)
- May 10 – Ion Emanuel Florescu, 2-time Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1819)
- June 7 – Edwin Booth, American actor (b. 1833)
- June 14 – Jakob Frohschammer, German theologian, philosopher (b. 1821)
- June 19 – Margaret Manton Merrill, English-born American journalist and translator (b. 1859)
- June 21 – Leland Stanford, Governor of California (b. 1824)
- June 22 – Sir George Tryon, British admiral (b. 1832)
- June 23
- July 2 – Georgiana Drew Barrymore, American actress, comedian (b. 1856)
- July 6 – Guy de Maupassant, French writer (b. 1850)
- July 16 – Antonio Ghislanzoni, Italian politician, journalist (b. 1833)
- August 6 – Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
- August 7 – Alfredo Catalani, Italian composer (b. 1854)
- August 16 – Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
- August 20 – Baron Alexander Wassilko von Serecki, Governor of the Duchy of Bucovina, member of the Herrenhaus (b. 1827)
- August 31 – Lucy Hamilton Hooper, American writer and editor (b. 1835)
- September 9 – Friedrich Traugott Kützing, German pharmacist, botanist and phycologist (b. 1807)
- September 28 – Bella French Swisher, American writer, editor, and publisher (b. 1837)
- October 6 – Ford Madox Brown, English painter (b. 1821)
- October 8 – John Willis Menard, African-American politician (b. 1838)
- October 10 – Lip Pike, American baseball player (b. 1845)
- October 17 – Patrice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta, French general, politician, and 1st president of the Third Republic (1875-1879) (b. 1808)
- October 18 – Charles Gounod, French composer (b. 1818)
- October 22 – Duleep Singh, ruler of Punjab (b. 1838)
- October 23 – Alexander of Battenberg, first prince of Bulgaria (b. 1857)
- October 30 – Sir John Abbott, 3rd Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1821)
- November 6 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (b. 1840)
- November 8 – Annie Pixley, American actress (b. 1848)
- November 22 – James Calder, 5th President of Pennsylvania State University (b. 1826)
- November 24 – Belle Hunt Shortridge, American author (b. 1858)
- November 28 – Sir Alexander Cunningham, British engineer and archaeologist (b. 1814)
- December 20 – George C. Magoun, American railroad executive (b. 1840)
- December 25 – Marie Durocher, Brazilian obstetrician, physician (b. 1809)
- "Salt Lake Temple".
- George M. Hammell, The Passing of the Saloon: An Authentic and Official Presentation of the Anti-liquor Crusade in America (F.L. Rowe Company, 1908) p193, p414
- Martin Stuart-Fox, A History of Laos (Cambridge University Press, 1997) p25
- Paul Hyoshin Kim, Jesus of Korea: Savior of the People (Fortress Press, 2016) p75
- "Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1893", in Historical Dictionary of Laos, by Martin Stuart-Fox (Scarecrow Press, 2008) p112
- James J. Fuld, The Book of World-famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk (Courier Corporation, 2000) p267
- "The Death of Sherlock Holmes", advertisement in Buffalo (NY) Evening News, November 24, 1893, p1
- "The Final Problem: The Last Episode in the Life of Sherlock Holmes", by A. Conan Doyle, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 26, 1893, p21
- Report of the Committee on Secondary School Studies Appointed at the Meeting of the National Educational Association July 9, 1892" (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1893) p1
- The Year-book of the Imperial Institute of the United Kingdom, the colonies and India: a statistical record of the resources and trade of the colonial and Indian possessions of the British Empire (2nd. ed. 1893) 880pp; online edition