Historic American Sheet Music, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

Timeline: 1890-1899

Songs | Politics & Government | International Affairs | Companies | Inventions, Discoveries & Patents | Humanities | Publications | Sports


After the Ball
by Charles K. Harris (1892)
Won't You Be My Sweetheart?
by H. C. Verner (1893)
Thy Beaming Eyes
by Edward MacDowell (1894)
by Eugene Cowles (1894)
King Cotton March
by John Philip Sousa (1895)
A Hot Time in the Old Town
by Theodore M. Metz (1896)
Stars and Stripes Forever
by John Philip Sousa (1898)
Original Rags
by Scott Joplin (1899)
(Example of the first ragtime sheet music)
Hello! Ma Baby
by Joseph E. Howard (1899)
Smoky Mokes; Cake Walk and Two-step
by Abe Holzmann (1899)
Politics & Government
Sherman Anti-Trust Act passed by Congress (1890)
Yosemite National Park created (1890)
Grover Cleveland inaugurated US President (1893)
Ellis Island immigrant receiving station established (1892)
William McKinley inaugurated US President (1897)
International Affairs
Kaiser Wilhem of Germany forces Prince von Bismark to resign as prime minister (1890)
Spanish-American War (1898)
Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895)
American Tobacco Company founded by James B. Duke (1890)
Shell Oil Company (1892)
General Electric Company (1892)
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (1898)
Union Carbide Company (1898)
Carnegie Steel Company (1898)
Inventions, Discoveries & Patents
Dry cell battery ("Ever Ready" by the National Carbon Company) (1890)
Skyscraper - Wainright building by Louis Henry Sullivan in St. Louis (1890)
American Express Travelers Cheque (1891)
Kinetoscope (early motion picture projector) by Thomas Edison (1891)
Book Matches (1892)
Hershey Chocolate Bar (1894)
X-rays (1895)
Cathode-ray tube (1897)
Jell-O (1897)
Vincent van Gogh dies in Auvers, France (1890)
Sigmund Freud founds Psychoanalysis (1895)
Poems by Emily Dickinson published (1890)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle (1892)
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Basketball invented by James Naismith (1891)
Stanley Cup first awarded (1893)
First modern Olympics (1896)
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