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|( 1890s: ) 1892|
- February 27 – Rudolf Diesel applies for a patent, on his compression ignition engine (the Diesel engine).
- March 6–8 – "Exclusive Agreement": Rulers of the Trucial States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain) sign an agreement, by which they become de facto British protectorates.
- March 31 – The world's first fingerprinting bureau is formally opened by the Buenos Aires Chief of Police; it has been operating unofficially since the previous year.
- 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.
- May 19 – Battle of Yemoja River: British troops defeat Ijebu infantry in modern-day Nigeria, using a maxim gun.
- May 22 – The British conquest of Ijebu Ode marks a major extension of colonial power into the Nigerian interior.
- May 24 – Prince George (later George V) becomes Duke of York.
- May 28 – In San Francisco, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.
- June 5 – An oil fire in Oil City, Pennsylvania, kills 130 people.
- June 7 – Homer Plessy, an octoroon, is arrested for deliberately sitting in a whites-only railroad car in Louisiana, leading to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson court case, an unsuccessful attempt to challenge "separate but equal" race legislation in the United States.
- June 30 – The Homestead Strike begins in Homestead, Pennsylvania, culminating in a battle between striking workers and private security agents on July 6.
- July 13 – The United International Bureau for the Protection of Intellectual Property (UIBPIP or BIRPI) is established in Bern, Switzerland.
- August – The first electric light bulb in Bulgaria is used at the Plovdiv Fair.
- August 9 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
- August 18 – William Ewart Gladstone assumes the U.K. premiership, as head of Liberal government, with Irish Nationalist Party support.
- September 15 – Sergei Witte replaces Ivan Vyshnegradsky, as Russian finance minister.
- September – Women are first admitted to Yale University's graduate school.
- 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
- November 17 – French troops occupy Abomey, capital of the kingdom of Dahomey.
- December 5 – John Thompson becomes Canada's fourth prime minister.
- Andrew Carnegie combines all of his separate businesses into the Carnegie Steel Company, allowing him to gain a monopoly in the United States steel industry.
- The Inter-Parliamentary Bureau for Permanent Arbitration is established.
- Diplomat Henry Galway secures a treaty by which Ovonramwen, Oba of Benin, ostensibly accepts British protection for his kingdom.
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|Its first Principal is the geographer Halford John Mackinder|