From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- March 31 – The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated (opens May 6). Contemporary critics regard it as aesthetically displeasing.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher who contributed several groundbreaking works to modern philosophy
- November 1 – Hannah Höch, German painter and photographer (d. 1978)
- Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, French novelist who specialised in a kind of mysterious tales