1892 in the United States
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|1892 in the United States|
|Years:||1889 1890 1891 – 1892 – 1893 1894 1895|
44 stars (1891–1896)
Events from the year 1892 in the United States.
- President: Benjamin Harrison (Republican)
- Vice President: Levi P. Morton (Republican)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Charles Frederick Crisp (D-Georgia)
- Congress: 52nd
- January 1 – Ellis Island begins accommodating immigrants to the United States.
- January 20 – At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first official basketball game is played.
- February 12 – Former President Abraham Lincoln's birthday is declared a national public holiday in the United States.
- February 18 – Pennsauken Township, New Jersey is incorporated.
- April – The Johnson County War breaks out between small farmers and large ranchers in Wyoming.
- April 15 – The General Electric Company is established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company.
- April 29 – Redondo Beach, California, USA is founded.
- May 28 – In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.
- June 7 – Homer Plessy (who is a white octoroon [1/8 African Heritage with white skin]) is arrested for sitting on the whites-only car in Louisiana, leading to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson court case.
- June 30 – The Homestead Strike begins in Homestead, Pennsylvania, culminating in a battle between striking workers and private security agents on July 6.
- July 4 Samoa: Samoa changes its time zone to being 3 hours behind California, such that it crosses the international date line and July 4 occurs twice.
- July 6 – Homestead Strike: The arrival of a force of 300 Pinkerton detectives from New York and Chicago results in a fight in which about 10 men are killed.
- August 4 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
- August 9 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
- October 5 – The Dalton Gang, attempting to rob 2 banks in Coffeyville, Kansas, is shot by the townspeople; only Emmett Dalton, with 23 wounds, survives to spend 14 years in prison.
- October 12 – To mark the 400th anniversary Columbus Day holiday, the "Pledge of Allegiance" is first recited in unison by students in U.S. public schools.
- November 8 – U.S. presidential election, 1892: Grover Cleveland is elected over Benjamin Harrison and James B. Weaver to win the second of his non-consecutive terms.
- November 8 – The four-day New Orleans General Strike begins.
- Garza Revolution in Texas and Mexico from 1891 to 1893.
- January 9 – Eva Bowring, United States Senator from Nebraska in 1954. (died 1985)
- January 14 – Hal Roach, film and television producer and director, and actor (died 1992)
- January 16 – William A. Stanfill, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1945 till 1946. (died 1971)
- February 19 – Scott W. Lucas, United States Senator from Illinois from 1939 till 1951. (died 1968)
- March 26 – Paul Douglas, United States Senator from Illinois from 1949 till 1967. (died 1976)
- April 8 – Rose McConnell Long, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1936 till 1937. (died 1970)
- May 10 – Arthur E. Nelson, United States Senator from Minnesota from 1942 till 1943. (died 1955)
- July 10 – Spessard Holland, United States Senator from Florida from 1946 till 1971. (died 1971)
- August 20 – George Aiken, United States Senator from Vermont from 1941 till 1975. (died 1984)
- August 23 – Alexander G. Barry, United States Senator from Oregon from 1938 till 1939. (died 1952)
- November 10 – Frank A. Barrett, United States Senator from Wyoming from 1953 till 1959. (died 1962)
- February 28 – Elias Nelson Conway, governor of Arkansas (born 1812)
- April 6 – Willard Saulsbury, Sr., United States Senator from Delaware from 1873 till 1892. (born 1820)
- May 14 – John S. Barbour, Jr., United States Senator from Virginia from 1889 till 1892. (born 1820)
- July 14 – Newton Booth, United States Senator from California from 1875 till 1881. (born 1825)
- October 25 – Caroline Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison (born 1832)
- November 29 – Graham N. Fitch, United States Senator from Indiana from 1857 to 1861. (born 1809)
- December 2 – Jay Gould, railroad developer and speculator (born 1836)
- December 15 – Randall L. Gibson, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1883 till 1892. (born 1832)
- December 31 – Henry P. Baldwin, Governor of Michigan from 1869 till 1873 and United States Senator from Michigan from 1879 till 1881. (born 1814)
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