Wilson graduates from law school at the University of Virginia.
Wilson opens a law practice with Edward Renick in Atlanta, but
discontinues their partnership the following year, determined to follow his
ambitions in politics and government.
Germany, Austria, and Italy form a secret Triple Alliance,
agreeing to come to each other's aid should any of the countries be attacked
by France. The alliance will define European diplomatic relations until
the outbreak of World War I.
Wilson meets Ellen Axson and becomes engaged to her later that year.
Hiram Maxim, an English engineer, invents the fully
automatic machine gun. The weapon seems to ensure Western military dominance
in colonial ventures.
Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Wilson receives his Ph.D. in politics and history from Johns
Hopkins University. His doctoral disseration, on the practical workings of
the U.S. Congress, becomes an instant classic in the field.
Wilson marries Ellen Axson in Savannah, Georgia.
Wilson accepts a teaching position at Bryn Mawr College in