1890 in the United States
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|1890 in the United States|
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43 stars (1890–91)
Events from the year 1890 in the United States.
- President: Benjamin Harrison (Republican)
- Vice President: Levi P. Morton (Republican)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Thomas Brackett Reed (R-Maine)
- Congress: 51st
- January 1 – In Michigan, the wooden steamer Mackinaw burned in a fire on the Black River.
- January 2 – Alice Sanger becomes the first female staffer in the White House.
- January 22 – The United Mine Workers is founded.
- January 25 – Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
- February 24 – Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition
- March 2–7 – The Cherry Creek Campaign occurs in Arizona Territory.
- March 3 – The first American football game in Ohio State University history is played in Delaware, Ohio against Ohio Wesleyan University; Ohio State wins 20–14.
- March 8 – North Dakota State University is founded in Fargo, North Dakota.
- March 27 – A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 people and injuring 200.
- March 28 – Washington State University is founded in Pullman, Washington.
- May - National American Woman Suffrage Association established.
- May 31 – The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.
- June 12 – In Michigan, the wooden steamer Ryan is lost near Thunder Bay Island.
- June 20 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde published by Philadelphia-based Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.
- July 2 – The Sherman Antitrust Act becomes United States law.
- July 3 – Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. State (see History of Idaho).
- July 10 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. State (see History of Wyoming).
- July 13 – In Minnesota, storms result in the Sea Wing disaster on Lake Pepin killing 98.
- August 6 – At Auburn Prison in New York, William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed in the electric chair.
- September 25 – Sequoia National Park created.
- October 1 – Yosemite National Park created.
- October 11 – In Washington, DC, the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
- October 13
- November 29 – In West Point, New York, the United States Navy defeats the United States Army 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game.
- December 29 – Wounded Knee Massacre: Near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment tries to disarm a Native American camp and shooting starts. 153 Lakota Sioux and 25 troops are killed; about 150 flee the scene.
- Herman Hollerith devises a method using punched cards (like Jacquard's loom) to tabulate census data by machine. (See also History of computing hardware.) The United States Census Bureau begins using Hollerith's tabulating machine to count census returns. Hollerith's company eventually becomes IBM.
- The United States city of Boise, Idaho drills the first geothermal well.
- The corrugated cardboard box is invented by Robert Gair, a Brooklyn printer who developed production of paper-board boxes in 1879.
- Brown trout is introduced into the upper Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.
- High School Cadets is written by John Philip Sousa.
- March 21 – C. Douglass Buck, United States Senator from Delaware from 1943 till 1949. (died 1965)
- September 24 – Allen J. Ellender, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1937 till 1972. (died 1972)
- October 14 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States from 1953 till 1961. (died 1969)
- October 20 – Sherman Minton, United States Senator from Indiana from 1935 to 1941. Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1949 till 1956. (died 1965)
- March 2 – James E. English, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1875 till 1876. (born 1812)
- March 19 – John S. Hager, United States Senator from California from 1873 till 1875. (born 1818)
- May 3 – James B. Beck, Scotland-born United States Senator from Kentucky from 1877 till 1890. (born 1822)
- July 10 – Thomas C. McCreery, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1868 till 1871. (born 1816)
- July 13 – John C. Frémont, soldier and explorer and United States Senator from California from 1850 till 1851. (born 1813)
- September 8 – Isaac P. Christiancy, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and U.S. Senator from Michigan from 1875 till 1879. (born 1812)
- "Full List of Thunder Bay Region Shipwrecks" (by name), MSU Sea Grant Extension, Northeast District, Michigan State University, 2000, webpage: MSUE-TB-wrecks.
- This Day in History: 1890
- Catherine Cocks et al. (2009). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6293-7.
- "A Brief History of the Founding of the DAR". National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Archived from the original on October 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
- Media related to 1890 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons