- February 11 - Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
- Change of US presidency from Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) to Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
- The Brazillian Empire is overthrown in a military coup.
- February 11 - John Mills, American musician.
- February 11 - Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer.
- April 20 - Adolf Hitler, German politician