) was a common year starting on Sunday
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(or a common year starting on Friday
of the 12-day slower Julian calendar
Events of 1893
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
- The American Council on Alcohol Problems is established, along with the Anti-Saloon League and the Committee of Fifty for the Study of the Liquor Problem.
- Governor John Y. Brown welcomes the Southern Cherokee Nation to Kentucky and recognizes them as an Indian tribe.
- Physicist Wilhelm Wien formulates Wien's displacement law.
- France conquers Laos.
- A general strike occurs in Belgium.
- American Temperance University is opened.
- Millbank Prison in London is demolished.
- U.S. President Cleveland is operated on in secret.
- In the U.S., the National Sculpture Society (NSS) is founded.
- The Football Club Dulwich Hamlet is founded.
- The Athletic Club Královské Vinohrady, later Sparta Prague, is founded.
- T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas is founded.
- Colored High becomes the first African American high school in Houston, TX; its name is later changed to Booker T. Washington High School.
- The Ardabil Carpet is brought to London.
- Evergreen Park, Illinois is founded.
- Sudbury, Ontario, Canada is incorporated as a town.
- St. Hilda's College, Oxford is founded.
- William Gladstone introduces a bill to give Ireland self-government but it fails to pass.
- Small anti-Semitic parties secure 2.9% of votes in Germany.
- Before 1893 - 8,000 Chinese arrive in Cuba.
January - June
- January 5 - Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (d. 1952)
- January 12
- January 15 - Ivor Novello, Welsh actor and musician (d. 1951)
- January 22 - Conrad Veidt, German actor (d. 1943)
- January 27 - Soong Ching-ling (宋慶齡), one of the Soong sisters, wife of Chinese president Sun Yat-sen(孫逸仙, 孫文) (d. 1981)
- February 3 - Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
- February 10 - Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (d. 1980)
- February 12 - Omar Bradley, American general (d. 1981)
- February 13 - Ana Pauker, Romanian communist politician (d. 1960)
- February 16 - Katharine Cornell, American actress (d. 1974)
- February 19 - Sir Cedric Hardwicke, English actor (d. 1964)
- February 21 - Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
- March 1 - Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (d. 1968)
- March 3
- May 8 - Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
- March 11 - Wanda Gag, American children's author and artist (d. 1946)
- March 18 - Wilfred Owen, English soldier and poet (d. 1918)
- March 26 - Palmiro Togliatti, Italian communist leader (d. 1964)
- April 3 - Leslie Howard, English actor (d. 1943)
- April 9 - Victor Gollancz, British publisher (d. 1967)
- April 12 - Robert Harron, American actor (d. 1920)
- April 18 - Georges Boulanger, Romanian violinist (d. 1958)
- April 20 - Harold Lloyd, American actor (d. 1971)
- April 20 - Edna Parker, world's oldest person (as of August 13, 2007)
- April 23 - Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (d. 1969)
- April 29 - Harold C. Urey, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
- May 3 - Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (d. 1975)
- May 26 - Norma Talmadge, American actress (d. 1957)
- May 23 - Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)
- June 14 - Siggie Nordstrom, American model, actress, entertainer, socialite and singer (d. 1980)
- June 24 - Roy Oliver Disney, brother and business partner of Walter Elias Disney (d. 1971)
- June 26 - Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and composer (d. 1958)
July - December
- July 3 - Mississippi John Hurt, American musician (d. 1966)
- July 4 - Norman Washington Manley, Jamaican statesman (d. 1969)
- July 9 - George Geary, English cricketer (d. 1981)
- July 20 - George Llewelyn Davies, inspiration for Peter Pan (d. 1915)
- July 25 - Dorothy Dickson, American-born actress and socialite (d. 1995)
- July 30 - Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation (d. 1967)
- August 6 - Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
- August 15 - Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)
- August 17 - Mae West, American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol (d. 1980)
- August 22
- August 25 - Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962)
- August 30 - Huey Long, Louisiana governor and senator (d. 1935)
- September 12 - Frederick William Franz, President of Jehovah's Witnesses (d. 1992)
- September 13 - Larry Shields, American musician (d. 1953)
- September 16 - Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
- September 18 - William March, American writer and soldier (d. 1954)
- September 30 - Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman (d. 1964)
- October 1 - Marianne Brandt, German industrial designer (d. 1983)
- October 9 - Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (d. 1945)
- October 14 - Lillian Gish, American actress (d. 1993)
- October 15 - King Carol II of Romania (d. 1953)
- October 16 - Harry Donenfeld, American publisher (d. 1965)
- October 18 - Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics (d. 1966)
- October 23 - Gummo Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977)
- November 3 - Edward Adelbert Doisy, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1986)
- November 8 - Clarence Williams, American jazz musician (d. 1965)
- November 8 - Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (d. 1941)
- November 10 - John P. Marquand, American novelist (d. 1960)
- December 8 - Pierre Etchebaster, French real tennis player (d. 1980)
- December 24 - Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)
- December 26 - Mao Zedong, Chinese leader (d. 1976)
- December 29 - Berthold Bartosch, Bohemian animator (d. 1968)
- date unknown - Clement Martyn Doke, South African linguist (d. 1980)
January - June
- January 2 - John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (b. 1805)
- January 7 - Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist, mathematician, and poet (b. 1835)
- January 17 - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States (b. 1822)
- January 23 - Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1825)
- February 1 - George Henry Sanderson, Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1824)
- February 18 - King George Tupou I of Tonga (b. 1797)
- February 18 - Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician (b. 1814)
- February 20 - P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)
- March 16 - William H. Illingworth, American photographer (b. 1844)
- March 17 - Jules Ferry, French premier (b. 1832)
- March 30 - Jane Sym-Mackenzie, second wife of Canada's second prime minister (b. 1825)
- April 8 - August Czartoryski, Polish prince (b. 1858)
- June 14 - Jakob Frohschammer, theologian and philosopher (b. 1821)
- June 19 - William Starke Rosecrans, California congressman and Register of the U.S. Treasury (b. 1819)
- June 21 - Amasa Leland Stanford, Governor of California (b. 1824)
- June 23 - Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (b. 1817)
July - December
- July 2 - Georgiana Drew Barrymore, actress-comedienne (b. 1856)
- July 16 - Antonio Ghislanzoni, Italian politician and journalist (b. 1833)
- August 6 - Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
- August 7 - Alfredo Catalani, Italian composer (b. 1854)
- October 6 - Ford Madox Brown, English painter (b. 1821)
- October 8 - John Willis Menard, African-American politician (b. 1838)
- October 10 - Lip Pike, American baseball player (b. 1845)
- October 18 - Charles Gounod, French composer (b. 1818)
- October 22 - Duleep Singh, ruler of Punjab (b. 1838)
- October 30 - Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, Canadian politician (b. 1821)
- November 6 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (b. 1840)
- November 22 - James Calder, 5th President of Pennsylvania State University (b. 1826)