March 1: Battle of Adwa, a.k.a. Battle of Adowa, a.k.a. Battle Adua: First defeat of a European army by an African army in modern history. Army of 80,000 Ethiopian soldiers defeat 6,000 Italians and 10,000 Askaris (native levies).
October 11: Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen is kidnapped in London by agents of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty who imprison him in the Chinese Legation.
October 23: Sun Yat-sen is released from the Chinese Legation in London after British newspapers make his imprisonment a cause celebre and crowds gather outside to demonstrate for his freedom.