Nativism on the rise in the U.S. President Benjamin Hayes signs the Chinese Exclusion Treaty, which reverses the open-door policy set in 1868.
Population of Europeans in Chicago reaches 204,859, 163,482 from the German Empire.
New York City scavengers remove at lest 15,000 horse carcasses from city streets.
Tahitian King Pomare V surrenders his county to the French.
February 5: Explosion at the Winter Palace in St. Petersberg. Radical anti-czarist Lev Nikolaevich Gartman is arrested in Paris but popular pressure from the French left causes the French government to refuse his extradition to Russia.
October: Theordore Roosevelt enter Columbia Law School but quits in 1882 without receiving a degree or becoming an attorney.