The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is created in England.
January 28 - A snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana, USA, reports the world's largest snowflake; the largest are 38 cm. wide and 20 cm. thick.
February 23 - A major earthquake shakes the French Riviera. About 2,000 people die.
October 21 - Telemark Tourist Association is founded.
August 21 - The Norwegian Labor Party is founded, with sawmill worker Anders Andersen as chairman.
Harstad Tidende is published for the first time, the first two years under the name «Senjens Tidende».
February 11 - Operations at Sulitjelma mines begin
January 1 - Wilhelm Canaris, German Admiral (d. 1945)
January 10 - Robinson Jeffers, American poet (d. 1962)
January 17 - Ola Raknes, Norwegian philologist and psychologist (d. 1975)
January 22 - Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, Australian polar explorer (d. 1912)
March 21 - Louis Philippe of Portugal, Royal Portuguese (d. 1908)
April 2 - Frithjof Skonnord, Norwegian football player (d. 1971)
July 6 - Marc Chagall, Belarusian painter (d. 1985)
July 18 - Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Nazi (d. 1945)
August 12 - Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist (d. 1961)
August 25 - Fartein Valen, Norwegian composer (d. 1952)
September 18 - Harald Gram, mayor of Oslo, parliamentary representative (H), resistance organizer during World War II (d. 1961)
October 13 - Jozef Tiso, Slovak head of state during World War II (1947)
November 28 - Ernst Röhm, German Nazi (d. 1934)
December 25 - Conrad Hilton, American hotel magnate (d. 1979)
February 27 - Alexander Borodin, Russian composer (b. 1833)
May 23 - Ludvig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and folk music collector (b. 1812)
June 4 - William A. Wheeler, 19th Vice President of the United States (b. 1819)
October 17 - Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (b. 1824)
Alexander Kielland - Sankt Hans Fest
Kristofer Kristofersen - Løvsprætt og Rydningsmænd
Amalie Skram - Sjur Gabriel
Émile Zola - La Terre