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Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
- 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition
- January 1 - Japan accepts the Gregorian calendar
- January 13 - The Independent Labor Party of the UK has its first meeting.
- January 17 - American sugar planters overthrow the government of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii
- February 1 - Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio (West Orange, New Jersey).
- February - Thomas Edison builds a film studio ("Black Maria"), where the earliest Edison motion pictures were filmed.
- February 21 - Thomas Edison received two U.S. patents. The first was for a "Cut Out for Incandescent Electric Lamps" and another for a "Stop Device" (No. 491,992-3). Also No. 492,150 for "Process of Coating Conductors for Incandescent Lamps."
- February 23 - Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine
- March 10 - Ivory Coast becomes a French colony
- May 9 - First public demonstration of Edison's 1 1/2" system of Kinetoscope at the Brooklyn Institute.
- July 11 - Kokichi Mikimoto develops the method to achieve cultured pearls.
- July 12 - Frederick Jackson Turner gives his famous lecture entitled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" before the American Historical Association in Chicago
- November 7 - Colorado women are granted the right to vote.
- Change of US presidency from Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) to Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
- First United States commemorative postage stamps issued for the Columbian Exposition
- The first World Parliament of Religions is held in Chicago
- Global financial panic (Panic of 1893)
- Physicist Wilhelm Wien composes Wien's Law
- France conquers Vietnam.
- January 5 - Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru
- January 12 - Hermann Göring, Nazi official (+ 1946)
- January 12 - Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi official (+ 1946)
- January 15 - Ivor Novello, actor, musician (+ 1951)
- January 22 - Conrad Veidt, actor (+ 1943)
- February 10 - Jimmy Durante, actor, singer, comedian, vaudevillean (+ 1980)
- February 11 - Johan Alberts Dutch literary figure.
- February 12 - Omar Bradley, general (+ 1981)
- February 21 - Andrés Segovia, musician (+ 1987)
- March 3 - Beatrice Wood, artist/ceramist
- March 26 - James Bryan Conant, chemist and politician (+ 1978)
- April 3 - Leslie Howard, actor (+ 1943)
- April 7 - Allen Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (+ 1969)
- April 9 - Victor Gollancz, British publisher (+ 1967)
- May 3 - Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (+ 1975)
- June 26 - Big Bill Broonzy
- July 3 - Mississippi John Hurt
- October 15 - King Carol II of Romania
- December 26 - Mao Zedong, Chinese leader
- Clement Martyn Doke (1893-1980) South African linguist
- Blind Blake - influential blues singer
- January 7 - Jožef Stefan, Slovene physicist, mathematician and poet (* 1835)
- January 17 - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States
- January 23 - Lucius Lamar, United States Supreme Court justice
- February 20 - P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general
- March 30 - Jane Sym-Mackenzie, First Lady of Canada