- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is born.
- Alexander Herzen dies.
- Hugo Stines, German industrialist who financed German nationalist parties, is born.
- John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women is published in French, German, Swedish and Danish.
- Utah becomes the second American state after Wyoming to give women the right to vote.
- Charles Dickens publishes Mystery of Edwin Drood.
- Gustav Nachtigal explores Chad.
- Mecislas (Mieczyslaw) Golberg is born.