1894 events in history

Jan 1 The Manchester Ship Canal, is officially opened to traffic
Jan 7 William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film
Jan 9 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts
Feb 7 The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado
Feb 12 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into the Cafe Terminus in Paris, France, killing one and wounding 20
Mar 12 Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn
Mar 22 The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts
Mar 25 Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington D.C
Apr 14 The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films
Apr 21 Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jørgensen bolt-action rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years
Apr 30 Coxey's Army reaches Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893
May 1 Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C
May 11 Pullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois
May 21 The Manchester Ship Canal in the United Kingdom is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer Sir Edward Leader Williams
Jun 6 Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike
Jun 23 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne in Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Jun 24 Marie Francois Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio
Jun 28 Labor Day becomes an official US holiday
Jul 4 The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole
Jul 22 The first ever motor race is held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The fastest finisher was the Comte Jules-Albert de Dion, but the 'official' victory was awarded to Albert Lemaître driving his 3 hp petrol engined Peugeot
Jul 25 The First Sino-Japanese War begins when the Japanese fire upon a Chinese warship
Aug 1 The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea
Aug 25 Kitasato Shibasaburō discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet
Sep 1 Over 400 people die in the Great Hinckley Fire, a forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota
Sep 15 First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeats Qing dynasty China in the Battle of Pyongyang
Sep 17 Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War
Oct 15 The Dreyfus affair: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying
Oct 30 Domenico Melegatti obtains a patent for a procedure to be applied in producing pandoro industrially
Nov 1 Nicholas II becomes the new (and last) Tsar of Russia after his father, Alexander III, dies
Nov 1 Thomas Edison films American sharpshooter Annie Oakley, which is instrumental in her hiring by Buffalo Bill for his Wild West Show
Nov 21 Port Arthur, Manchuria, falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War, after which Japanese troops are accused of the massacre of the remaining inhabitants of the city. (Reports conflict on this subject.)
Dec 22 The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason