- Change of US presidency from Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) to Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
- Colombian Exposition
- 1893 World's Fair
- First United States commemorative postage stamps issued for the Colombian Exposition
- February 11 - Johan Alberts Dutch literary figure.
- Clement Martyn Doke (1893-1980) South African linguist
- Blind Blake - influential blues singer