Term "art nouveau" appears in print for the first time, describing the Belgian artists' group "Les XX."
The first subway system opens in London.
Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz invent the first automobile run by an internal combustion engine.
The Eiffel Tower is built for the Paris World's Fair.
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company established.
Japanese prints exhibition organized by Siegfried Bing.
Aubrey Beardsley design published in the first issue of the magazine The Studio.
Brussels Victor Horta designs the Tassel House
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec paints Jane Avril at the Jardin de Paris.
Women win the right to vote in New Zealand, the first country to embrace female suffrage. In Belgium universal male suffrage is adopted. Chicago
Columbian World's Fair; Adler and Sullivan design the Transportation Building.
Claude Debussy completes L'après-midi d'une faune. Hector Guimard designs Castel Béranger.
Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibits at Bing's opening of L'Art Nouveau. The Lumière brothers screen the first moving picture--of workers leaving a factory. Siegfried Bing opens his gallery/shop L'Art Nouveau.
World's Fair: Henry van de Velde and Victor Horta show designs. Charles Rennie Mackintosh and George Walton design Buchanan Street tearooms.
Josef Olbrich designs Secession Building.
United Workshops for Art in Handicraft founded.
Gustav Klimt paints Pallas Athene.
Turin Exhibition of Italian decorative arts.
European and American troops are sent to quell the Boxer Rebellion in China.
South Kensington Museum becomes Victoria and Albert Museum
Paris Hector Guimard designs Castel Henriette.
René Lalique designs Dragonfly woman corsage ornament.
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