Millennia: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
Decades: 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s
Years: 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894
1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
Categories: Births - Deaths - Architecture
Establishments - Disestablishments

The 1890s were sometimes referred to as the "Mauve Decade," because William Henry Perkin's aniline dye allowed the widespread use of that colour in fashion, and also as the "Gay Nineties", under the then-current usage of the word "gay" which referred simply to merriment and frivolity, with no connotation of homosexuality as in present-day usage. The phrase, "The Gay Nineties," was not coined until 1926.

Events and trendsEdit


1895 Benz Velo. Along with its contemporary Duryea Motor Wagon, considered the earliest standardized cars. The decade marking further developments in the history of the automobile.



  • Early commercial production of automobiles
  • People went to movies.


War, peace and politicsEdit

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Culture, religionEdit

Literature and artsEdit



World leadersEdit

  1. Nasser-al-Din Shah, 1848-1896
  2. Mozzafar-al-Din Shah, 1896-1907

Important peopleEdit



Books about the 1890sEdit

See alsoEdit

Gay Nineties

External linksEdit

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