A Year In History: 1893

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

June 9

22 die in collapse of Ford’s Theatre, site of Lincoln assassination

In Washington, D.C. on June 9, 1893, the interior of ramshackle Ford’s Theatre collapses, causing the deaths of 22 people. The building—where President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865—houses hundreds of clerks employed by the War Department’s Records and Pensions Division. An investigation determines the cause of the tragedy was a pier that had […]

July 10

Pioneering Black doctor performs successful open-heart surgery

On July 10, 1893, trailblazing physician Daniel Hale Williams successfully performs one of the world’s first open-heart surgeries at Provident Hospital in Chicago. Not only is he a pioneer of the procedure; he is one of just three African American physicians practicing in Chicago at a time when many white-run hospitals refused to treat Black […]

September 9

This Day in History Video: What Happened on September 9

Russ Mitchell recaps the major historical events that took place on September 9 in this video clip from This Day In History. One event that took place was President Dwight Eisenhower signing the first Civil Rights Bill since the Reconstruction. Also, the Continental Congress renamed the country to the United States instead of the United […]

September 9

President Cleveland’s child is born in the White House

Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, gives birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House. On June 2, 1886, in an intimate ceremony held in the Blue Room of the White House, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, the daughter of Cleveland’s late law partner and friend, Oscar Folsom. Fewer than […]

December 16

Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” receives its world premiere in New York City

On December 16, 1893, the Philharmonic Society of New York gave the world premiere performance of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” at Carnegie Hall. In his review of the performance the following day, New York Times music critic W.J. Henderson called the piece better known today […]