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1892 was the 21st year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.









A. G. Gaston c. 1921



  • October: Train yardmaster John J. Connolly married the former Alice Kelly in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Builder Henry Stockmar married the former Emma Cooper Jacobs.



South Highland Presbyterian Church



In 1892, Ellis Island began accommodating immigrants to the United States. James Naismith published the rules for basketball. The General Electric Company was established through the merger of the Thomson-Houston Company and the Edison General Electric Company. Abercrombie & Fitch was established by David T. Abercrombie. Homer Plessy was arrested for sitting on the whites-only car in Louisiana, leading to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson court case. The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. Grover Cleveland was elected over Benjamin Harrison and James B. Weaver to win the second of his non-consecutive terms.

Notable books published in 1892 included The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Notable music released included "After the Ball" by Charles K. Harris, "Daisy Bell" (a.k.a. "A Bicycle Built for Two") by Harry Dacre, "My Old Dutch" by Albert Chevalier and Charles Ingle, and The Nutcracker ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Notable births in 1892 included author J. R. R. Tolkien, film and television producer Hal Roach, actor Oliver Hardy, actor and singer Eddie Cantor, judge Robert H. Jackson, actress Mary Pickford, World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, baseball player Sad Sam Jones, actor William Powell, film producer Jack Warner, physicist Arthur Compton, publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr, actor Gummo Marx, bodybuilder Charles Atlas, and Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Notable deaths included preacher Charles Spurgeon; fashion designer Louis Vuitton; poet Walt Whitman; Bahá'í founder Bahá'u'lláh; poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier; poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and financier Jay Gould.

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