What is the historical significance of 1892?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1892 was a significant year for a number of historical moments:

It was the year that

  • Ellis Island first opened to allow European immigrants into the United States. Ellis Island remained open until 1954
  • James Naismith had his rules for basketball published and the sport began to be played a couple months later that same year.
  • Rudolf Diesel applied for a patent for his invention of the "diesel engine," a compression ignition engine.
  • Sir Frederick Stanley donated the Stanley Cup
  • In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first fingerprinting bureau was opened.
  • General Electric Company came into existence after a merger of two companies and is incorporated.
  • Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his telegraph
  • Women were first admitted to Yale's graduate program
  • The first classes were held at University of Chicago
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools
  • The Dalton gang, who intended to rob a bank in Kansas, were shot repeatedly by local citizens. All died but Emmett, who received 23 bullets and served 15 years in prison.
  • The first publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was published in London. 
  • The Nutcracker ballet is first performed and becomes a Christmas favorite
  • Andrew Carnegie gained a monopoly with other companies and became Carnegie Steel
  • Viruses were discovered by Dimitri Ivanovski, Ukrainian biologist.
  • Trans-Siberian Railway is built
  • Grover Cleveland was elected president
  • The Sierra Club was founded
shmindle | Student

Here are some of the major events that happened in the year of 1892 that might give you some historical context:

  • Jan 1- Ellis Island opens to new immigrants
  • June 7- Homer Plessy arrested for sitting in whites-only car, this leads to Plessy vs Ferguson case
  • September 5- Sergei Witte becomes Russian finance minister
  • Oct 18- first long distance phone line opens, Chicago to New York
  • Oct 31, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Nov 8- Grover Cleveland becomes 24th US president