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January
    Storms batter the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Californian rivers rise causing mud slides in Siskiyou County that wash out railroad tracks. The San Francisco Examiner reports that tides are the highest in memory. Harbor ships are driven onto mudflats, while the schooner Kodiak loses its bow when it collides with another vessel.

    Owing directly to the US's commercial expansion into foreign markets, San Francisco's population reaches 350,000 including a significant immigrant population.

    The US House of Representatives takes up the case of Utah Congressman, Robert Brigham, an avowed polygamist. Brigham, a Mormon, had three wives and fifteen children. He would eventually be expelled from the House by a vote of 268 to 50. Polygamy was officially prohibited by the Mormon Church in 1890.

    Residents of El Paso, Texas pay 25 cents admission to witness the execution of a prisoner in nearby Juarez, Mexico. The proceeds were delivered to the man's widow.

    The disputed election of a tax collector in San Francisco results in a riot and leads to the shooting of one man. Shots were fired as tax collector-elect Scott was taking his oath. John O' Brien, an assistant of Scott's, was wounded by Charles E. Droad, a deputy of candidate Sheehan, the man who lost the election. Sheehan protested Scott's election, saying Scott had not resided in San Francisco for the required 5 years..

    Sioux Indian Chief Spotted Tail dies in Paris. He was one of the best known of the war chiefs of the Sioux tribe. He played a considerable role in the Native American uprisings of 1876, which led to the massacre of General Custer and his troops.


February
    The steamer "Australia" arrives in San Francisco from Honolulu reporting 41 deaths from "the plague," and a total of 52 cases. City officials, in an effort to control the spread of "the plague," burn down an entire block in Chinatown. As the fire gets out of control, 4500 people are left homeless.


March
    The Social Democratic Party holds its national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, nominating Eugene V. Debs of Indiana for president and Job Harrison of California for vice-president.


April
    Buffalos The US Senate passes a bill setting aside preservation land in New Mexico for rapidly dwindling buffalo populations.

    Apache Indians in Tucson, Arizona are reported to have "raided" white citizens.

    Hawaii joins Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona as a US territory. Sanford B. Dole is appointed governor of the new territory.

    Blas Aguirre, a native of Texas, is extradited to Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas. Aguirre was accused of participating in a raid across the border that resulted in the death of a Mexican citizen. Aguirre was charged with murder.


May
    A deadly explosion at the Winter Quarters mine in Scofield, Utah, kills over 200 miners.


June
    A federal quarantine, forbidding anyone to leave the city without permission from a US health officer, is ordered in San Francisco over fears caused by bubonic plague.

    Medical experts in San Francisco hold discussions about using x-rays to treat tuberculosis.

    Nestor Montoya, a member of the New Mexican State Legislature, establishes "La Bandera Americana" a Spanish language newspaper. It was the second newspaper founded by the well known defender of Hispanic rights. Montoya founded La Voz del Pueblo in 1889.


September
    Galveston Hurricane A deadly hurricane ravages Galveston, Texas, killing between 6,000 and 8,000.


October
    Having tended to the battered and homeless for two months, Clara Barton announces that the Red Cross can now leave Galveston, Texas.


November
    Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, is the site of a debate over academic freedom after university president David Starr Jordan dismisses Professor Edward A. Ross for making what Jordan considered to be radical political statements.




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