1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday of the Julian calendar, the 1895th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 895th year of the 2nd millennium, the 95th year of the 19th century, and the 6th year of the 1890s decade. As of the start of 1895, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
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- January 5 – Dreyfus affair: French officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his army rank, and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island.
- January 12 – The National Trust is founded in the United Kingdom.
- January 13 – First Italo-Ethiopian War – Battle of Coatit: Italian forces defeat the Ethtiopians.
- January 17 – Félix Faure is elected President of the French Republic, after the resignation of Jean Casimir-Perier.
- January 21 – The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is founded in England by Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.
- February 9 – Mintonette, later known as volleyball, is created by William G. Morgan at Holyoke, Massachusetts.
- February 11 – The lowest ever UK temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) is recorded at Braemar, in Aberdeenshire. This record is equalled in 1982, and again in 1995.
- February 14 – Oscar Wilde's last play, the comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, is first shown at St James's Theatre in London.
- February 20
- The gold reserve of the U.S. Treasury is saved, when J. P. Morgan and the Rothschilds loan $65 million worth of gold to the United States government. The offering of syndicate bonds sells out only 22 minutes after the New York market opens, and just two hours after going on sale in London.
- Venezuelan crisis of 1895: U.S. President Grover Cleveland signs into law a bill resulting from the proposition of House Resolution 252, by William Lindsay Scruggs and Congressman Leonidas Livingston, to the third session of the 53rd Congress of the United States of America. The bill recommends that Venezuela and Great Britain settle their dispute by arbitration.
- February 25 – The first rebellions take place, marking the start of the Cuban War of Independence.
- March 1 – William Lyne Wilson is appointed United States Postmaster General.
- March 3 – In Munich, Germany, bicyclists have to pass a test and display license plates.
- March 4 – Japanese troops capture Liaoyang, and land in Taiwan.
- March 15 – Bridget Cleary is killed and her body burned in County Tipperary, Ireland, by her husband, Michael; he is subsequently convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter, his defence being a belief that he had killed a changeling left in his wife's place after she had been abducted by fairies.
- March 18 – The first worldwide gasoline bus route is started in Germany, between Siegen and Netphen.
- March 30 – Rudolf Diesel patents the Diesel engine in Germany.
- April 6 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in London for "gross indecency", after losing a criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
- April 7 – Nansen's Fram expedition to the Arctic reaches 86°13.6'N, almost 3° beyond the previous Farthest North attained.
- April 14 – A major earthquake severely damages Ljubljana, the capital of Carniola.
- April 16 – The town of Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, is incorporated.
- April 17 – The Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed between China and Japan. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea, and to concede the southern portion of Fengtien province, Taiwan, and the Pescadores Islands to Japan. The huge indemnity exacted from China is used to establish the Yawata Iron and Steel Works in Japan.
- April 22 – Gongche Shangshu movement: 603 candidates sign a 10,000-word petition against the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
- April 27 – The historic Spiral Bridge is constructed to carry U.S. 61 over the Mississippi River, at Hastings, Minnesota. The picturesque bridge is one-of-a-kind, and serves the citizens of Hastings for 56 years, until it is demolished in 1951.
- May 1 – Dundela Football, Sports & Association Club is formed in Belfast.
- May 2 – Gongche Shangshu movement: Thousands of Beijing scholars and citizens protest against the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
- May 9 – Thirteen workers are killed by soldiers of the Russian Empire during the Yaroslavl Great Manufacture strike.
- May 18 – The first motor race in Italy is held. It runs on a course from Turin to Asti and back, a total of 93 km (58 mi). Five entrants start the event; only three complete it. It is won by Simone Federman in a four-seat Daimler Omnibus, at an average speed of 15.5 km/h (9.6 mph).
- May 24 – Anti-Japanese officials, led by Tang Jingsong in Taiwan, declare independence from the Qing Dynasty, forming the short-lived Republic of Formosa.
- May 25 – R. v. Wilde: Oscar Wilde is convicted in London of "unlawfully committing acts of gross indecency with certain male persons" (under the Labouchere Amendment) and given a two years' sentence of hard labour, during which he will write De Profundis.
- May 27 – In re Debs: The Supreme Court of the United States decides that the federal government has the right to regulate interstate commerce, legalizing the military suppression of the Pullman Strike.
- June 5 – The Liberal Revolution begins in Ecuador, making the civil war more intense in this country.
- June 11
- June 20
- June 28 – The United States Court of Private Land Claims rules that James Reavis's claim to the Barony of Arizona is "wholly fictitious and fraudulent".
- July 10–11 – The Doukhobors' pacifist protests culminate in the "burning of the arms" in the South Caucasus.
- July 15 – Archie MacLaren scores an English County Championship cricket record innings of 424 for Lancashire, against Somerset, at Taunton.
- July 31 – The Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea-Partido Nacionalista Vasco) is founded, by Basque nationalist leader Sabino Arana.
- August 7 – The Aljaž Tower, a symbol of the Slovenes, is erected on Mount Triglav.
- August 10 – The first ever indoor promenade concert, origin of The Proms, is held at the Queen's Hall in London, opening a series conducted by Henry Wood.
- August 19 – American frontier murderer and outlaw John Wesley Hardin is killed by an off-duty policeman, in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
- August 29
- September – Shelbourne F.C. is founded in Dublin, Ireland.
- September 3 – The first professional American football game is played, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club (Latrobe wins 12–0).
- September 7 – The first game of what will become known as rugby league football is played in England, starting the 1895–96 Northern Rugby Football Union season.
- September 18
- September 24 to October 3 – the Automobile Club de France sponsors the longest race to date, a 1,710 km (1,060 mi) event, from Bordeaux to Agen and back. Because it is held in ten stages, it can be considered the first rally. The first three places are taken by a Panhard, a Panhard, and a three-wheeler De Dion-Bouton.
- October 1 – French troops capture Antananarivo, Madagascar.
- October 8 – The Eulmi Incident: Empress Myeongseong of Korea is killed at her private residence within Gyeongbokgung Palace, by Japanese agents.
- October 22 – Montparnasse derailment: A train runs through the exterior wall of the Gare Montparnasse terminus, in Paris.
- October 23 – The city of Tainan, last stronghold of the Republic of Formosa, capitulates to the forces of the Empire of Japan, ending the short-lived republic, and beginning the era of Taiwan under Japanese rule.
- October 31 – A major earthquake occurs in the New Madrid Seismic Zone of the midwestern United States, the last to date.
- November 5 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
- November 8 – Wilhelm Röntgen discovers a type of radiation (later known as X-rays).
- November 17 – Flamengo, a well known professional football club in Brazil, is officially founded.
- November 25 – Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the first theatre to be built in New York City's Times Square district.
- November 27 – At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after his death.
- November 28 – Chicago Times-Herald race: The first American automobile race in history is sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald. Press coverage first arouses significant American interest in the automobile.
- December 7 – A corps of 2,350 Italian troops, mostly Askari, are crushed by 30,000 Abyssinian troops at Amba Alagi.
- December 11 – Svante Arrhenius becomes the first scientist to deliver quantified data about the sensitivity of global climate to atmospheric carbon dioxide (the "Greenhouse effect"), as he presents his paper "On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon The Temperature of the Ground" to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
- December 15 – The railways of the Cape of Good Hope, Colony of Natal, the Orange Free State, the South African Republic and southern Mozambique are all linked at Union Junction near Alberton.
- December 24
- Kingstown lifeboat disaster: 15 crew are lost when their life-boat capsizes, while trying to rescue the crew of the SS Palme off Kingstown (modern-day Dún Laoghaire), near Dublin, Ireland.
- George Washington Vanderbilt II officially opens his Biltmore Estate, inviting his family and guests to celebrate his new home in Asheville, North Carolina.
- December 28 – Auguste and Louis Lumière display their first moving picture film in Paris.
- The world's first portable handheld electric drill is developed, by brothers Wilhelm and Carl Fein in Germany.
- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposes a space elevator.
- Grace Chisholm Young becomes the first woman awarded a doctorate at a German university.
- W. E. B. Du Bois becomes the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
- The Swarovski Company is founded by Armand Kosman, Franz Weis and Daniel Swarovski in the Austrian Tyrol, for the production of crystal glass.
- The name HP Sauce is first registered in the United Kingdom for a brown sauce.
- The Duck Reach Power Station opens in Tasmania (the first publicly owned hydroelectric plant in the Southern Hemisphere).
- The first Boxer dog show is held at Munich, Germany.
- A huge crowd at the first Welsh Grand National at Ely Racecourse, Cardiff, breaks down barriers and almost overwhelms police trying to keep out gatecrashers.
- German trade unions have c. 270,000 members.
- Holy Innocents Church, South Norwood is completed in London.
- January 1
- January 4 – Leroy Grumman, American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and industrialist (d. 1982)
- January 9 – Lucian Truscott, American general (d. 1965)
- January 11 – Graciela Amaya de García, Mexican feminist, organizer (d. 1995)
- January 15
- January 19
- January 21
- January 23 – Raymond Griffith, American actor (d. 1957)
- January 24 – Eugen Roth, German writer (d. 1976)
- January 30 – Wilhelm Gustloff, German-born Swiss Nazi party leader (d. 1936)
- February 2 – George Halas, American football player, coach, and co-founder of the National Football League (d. 1983)
- February 6 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player (d. 1948)
- February 10 – John Black, English chairman of Standard-Triumph (d. 1965)
- February 14 – Max Horkheimer, German philosopher, sociologist (d. 1973)
- February 15 – Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
- February 18 (O.S. 6 February) – Semyon Timoshenko, Soviet general, Marshal of the Soviet Union (d. 1970)
- February 19
- February 21 – Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1976)
- February 25 – Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (d. 1984)
- February 27 – Edward Brophy, American character actor (d. 1960)
- February 28
- March 3
- March 4
- March 12 – William C. Lee, American general (d. 1948)
- March 20
- March 22 – Archie Cameron, Australian politician (d. 1956)
- March 23 – Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (d. 2001)
- March 27 – Ruth Snyder, American murderer (d. 1928)
- March 28
- March 29
- March 30 – Carl Lutz, Swiss-American WWII humanitarian (d. 1975)
- April 1 – Alberta Hunter, American singer (d. 1984)
- April 3 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer (d. 1968)
- April 4 – John Kotelawala, 3rd Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (d. 1980)
- April 5 – Mike O'Dowd, American boxer (d. 1957)
- April 9 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer (d. 1976)
- April 10 – Elena Aiello, Italian Roman Catholic professed religious (d. 1961)
- April 12 – John Erskine, Lord Erskine, British soldier and politician (d. 1953)
- April 13 – Olga Rudge, American violinist (d. 1996)
- April 14 – Anton Reinthaller, Austrian right-wing politician (d. 1958)
- April 15
- April 19 – Antonio Locatelli, Italian aviator and journalist (d. 1936)
- April 20 – Emile Christian, American musician (d. 1973)
- April 25 – Stanley Rous, English administrator, 6th President of FIFA (d. 1986)
- April 26 – Hans Kopfermann, German physicist (d. 1963)
- April 29 – Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (d. 1967)
- May 1 – Nikolai Yezhov, Soviet politician, Great Purge Perpetrator (d. 1940)
- May 5 – Charles Lamont, Russian-born film director (d. 1993)
- May 6 – Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (d. 1926)
- May 8 – Fulton J. Sheen, American Catholic archbishop, television personality (d. 1979)
- May 9 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)
- May 10 – Kama Chinen, Japanese woman supercentenarian, oldest person in the world (d. 2010)
- May 11 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian writer (d. 1986)
- May 12 – William Giauque, Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)
- May 17
- May 21 – Lázaro Cárdenas, 44th President of Mexico (d. 1970)
- May 25 – Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (d. 1965)
- June 3 – K. M. Panikkar, Indian scholar, diplomat and journalist (d. 1963)
- June 4 – Dino Grandi, Italian Fascist politician (d. 1988)
- June 10 – Hattie McDaniel, actress, first African-American woman to win an Academy Award (in 1939) (d. 1952)
- June 12 – Wilfrid Kent Hughes, Australian Olympian, politician (d. 1970)
- June 17 – Ruben Rausing, Swedish entrepreneur, founder of Tetra Pak (d. 1983)
- June 21 – Mark Reizen, Soviet opera singer (d. 1992)
- June 23 – Joseph Vogt, German classical historian (d. 1986)
- June 24
- June 27 – Anna Banti, Italian writer, art historian, critic, and translator (d. 1985)
- June 28 – Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer (d. 1986)
- June 29 – Alice Lardé de Venturino, Salvadoran poet and writer (d. 1983)
- June 30 – Heinz Warneke, American sculptor (d. 1983)
- July 1 – Lucy Somerville Howorth, American lawyer, feminist and politician (d. 1997)
- July 2
- July 3 – Jean Paige, American actress (d. 1990)
- July 4 – Irving Caesar, American lyricist, theater composer (d. 1996)
- July 5 – Frederic McGrand, Canadian physician and politician (d. 1988)
- July 8
- July 9 – Gunnar Aaby, Danish soccer player (d. 1966)
- July 10
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14
- July 18 – Olga Spessivtseva, Russian ballerina (d. 1991)
- July 19
- July 21
- July 22 – León de Greiff, Colombian poet (d. 1976)
- July 24 – Robert Graves, English writer (d. 1985)
- July 25
- July 26 – Gracie Allen, American actress, comedian (d. 1964)
- July 30 – Joseph DuMoe, American football coach (d. 1959)
- August 3 – Neva Morris, American supercentenarian (d. 2010)
- August 6 – Ernesto Lecuona, Cuban pianist, composer (d. 1963)
- August 8
- August 10 – Harry Richman, American entertainer (d. 1972)
- August 12 – Lynde D. McCormick, American admiral (d. 1956)
- August 13 – István Barta, Hungarian water polo player (d. 1948)
- August 16
- August 18 – Sibyl Morrison, Australian barrister (d. 1961)
- August 19 – François Demol, Belgian footballer (d. 1966)
- August 24
- September 1
- September 6 – Margery Perham, English Africanist (d. 1982)
- September 7
- September 8 – Sara García, Mexican actress (d. 1980)
- September 11 – Vinoba Bhave, Indian religious leader (d. 1982)
- September 13 – Ruth McDevitt, American actress (d. 1976)
- September 16 – Zainal Abidin Ahmad (writer), Malayan nationalist writer (d. 1973)
- September 18
- September 20 – Lloyd W. Bertaud, American aviator (d. 1927)
- September 21 – Juan de la Cierva, Spanish civil engineer, aviator, aeronautical engineer and inventor of the autogyro (d. 1936)
- September 22 – Paul Muni, American actor (d. 1967)
- September 24 – André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1988)
- September 29 – Joseph Banks Rhine, American parapsychologist (d. 1980)
- September 30 – Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet general, Marshal of the Soviet Union (d. 1977)
- October 1 – Liaquat Ali Khan, 1st Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 1951)
- October 3
- October 4 – Buster Keaton, American actor, film director (d. 1966)
- October 6 – Caroline Gordon, American writer, critic (d. 1981)
- October 8
- October 9 – Ivan Yumashev, Soviet admiral (d. 1972)
- October 10 – Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
- October 13
- October 14 – Silas Simmons, American Pre-Negro League Baseball player, longest-lived professional baseball player (d. 2006)
- October 17 – Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes, 21st President of Guatemala (d. 1982)
- October 19 – Lewis Mumford, American historian (d. 1990)
- October 21 – Edna Purviance, American actress (d. 1958)
- October 22 – Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (d. 1980)
- October 24 – Charles Walter Allfrey, British general (d. 1964)
- October 25 – Levi Eshkol, Israeli Prime Minister (d. 1969)
- October 30
- October 31 – Basil Liddell Hart, British military historian (d. 1970)
- November 4 – Thomas G. W. Settle, American record-setting balloonist and admiral (d. 1980)
- November 5 – Walter Gieseking, German pianist (d. 1956)
- November 10
- November 14
- November 15
- November 16 – Paul Hindemith, German composer (d. 1963)
- November 17 – Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher, literary scholar (d. 1975)
- November 25
- November 29
- December 2 – Harriet Cohen, English pianist (d. 1967)
- December 3 – Sheng Shicai, Chinese warlord (d. 1970)
- December 5 – Mamerto Urriolagoitía, 50th President of Bolivia (d. 1974)
- December 9 – Dolores Ibárruri, Spanish republican leader (d. 1989)
- December 11 – Kiyoto Kagawa, Japanese admiral (d. 1943)
- December 14
- December 24 – Marguerite Williams, African-American geologist (d.1991?)
- December 28 – Carol Ryrie Brink, American author (d. 1981)
- January 9 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American watchmaker (b. 1812)
- January 10 – Benjamin Godard, French composer (b. 1849)
- January 24 – Lord Randolph Churchill, British statesman (b. 1849)
- February 9 – Ōdera Yasuzumi, Japanese general (killed in action) (b. 1846)
- February 10 – Liu Buchan, Chinese admiral (suicide) (b. 1852)
- February 12 – Ding Ruchang, Chinese army officer, admiral (killed in action) (b. 1836)
- February 18 – Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Austrian general (b. 1817)
- February 20 – Frederick Douglass, American ex-slave and author (b. 1818)
- February 25 – Henry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, politician (b. 1815)
- February 26 – Salvador de Itúrbide y de Marzán, Prince of Mexico (b. 1849)
- March 2 – Berthe Morisot, French painter (b. 1841)
- March 10 – Charles Frederick Worth, English-born couturier (b. 1826)
- April 4 – Nikolai Baranov, Russian politician (b. 1843)
- March 13 – Louise Otto-Peters, German women's rights movement activist (b. 1819)
- May 19 – José Martí, Cuban independence leader (b. 1853)
- May 21 – Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (b. 1819)
- May 23 – Franz Ernst Neumann, German mineralogist, physicist and mathematician (b. 1798)
- May 26 – Ahmed Cevdet Pasha, Ottoman statesman (b. 1822)
- May 28 – Walter Q. Gresham, American politician (b. 1832)
- June 6 – Gustaf Nordenskiöld, Swedish explorer (b. 1868)
- June 13 – Manuel Ruiz Zorrilla, Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1833)
- June 27 – Sophie Adlersparre, Swedish feminist (b. 1823)
- June 29
- July 18 – Stefan Stambolov, 9th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (assassinated) (b. 1854)
- July 28 – Edward Beecher, American theologian (b. 1803)
- August 4 – Louis-Antoine Dessaulles, Quebec journalist, politician (b. 1818)
- August 5 – Friedrich Engels, German communist philosopher (b. 1820)
- August 22 – Luzon B. Morris, American politician (b. 1827)
- September 8 – Adam Opel, German founder of the automobile company Adam Opel AG (b. 1837)
- September 26 – Ephraim Wales Bull, American horticulturalist, creator of Concord grape (b. 1806)
- September 28 – Louis Pasteur, French microbiologist, chemist (b. 1822)
- October 8 – Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min), last Korean empress (assassinated) (b. 1851)
- October 25 – Charles Hallé, German-born pianist, conductor (b. 1819)
- November 5 – Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa of Japan (b. 1847)
- November 23 – Mauritz de Haas, Dutch-American marine painter (b. 1832)
- November 27 – Alexandre Dumas, fils, French author, playwright (b. 1824)
- December 12 – Allen G. Thurman, American politician (b. 1813)
- December 13 – Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist, inventor of the dynamo (b. 1800)
- December 27 – Eivind Astrup, Norwegian Arctic explorer (b. 1871)
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- Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1895: Embracing Political, Military, and Ecclesiastical Affairs ; Public Documents ; Biography, Statistics, Commerce, Finance, Literature, Science, Agriculture, and Mechanical Industry (1896); highly detailed compilation of facts and primary documents; worldwide coverage. not online.