Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth
in the east of Scotland,
opens on 04 March 1890
- 04 January – First edition of the Daily Graphic, the first
British 'picture paper'.
- 11 January – The British government delivers an ultimatum to
Portugal forcing the retreat of Portuguese military forces from
land between Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola.
- 06 February – An underground explosion at Llanerch Colliery,
Abersychan in Monmouthshire kills 176.
- 15 February – Kent Coalfield located.
- 04 March – The longest bridge in Britain, the Forth Bridge
(1,710 ft) in Scotland, is opened.
- 29 March – Blackburn Rovers win their fourth FA Cup with a
6-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the final at Kennington
- 12 May – The first official County Championship cricket
match begins in Bristol. Yorkshire beat Gloucestershire by eight
- 15 May – New elected county councils in Scotland, created by
the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, take up their powers.
The County of Edinburgh formally adopts the title Midlothian;
the formerly administratively separate counties of Ross and
Cromarty are merged; and the Shetland county council formally
adopts the spelling Zetland.
- 01 July – Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty between the United
Kingdom and Germany; Britain cedes Heligoland to Germany in
return for Pemba and Zanzibar.
- 21 July – Battersea Bridge over the River Thames opens in
- 08 September – The future Edward VII becomes involved in the
Royal Baccarat Scandal.
- September – Southampton Dock Strike.
- 22 October – Colony of Western Australia granted
- November – Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan
Police Service, moves to a building on London's Victoria
Embankment, as New Scotland Yard.
- 04 November – London's City & South London Railway, the
first deep-level underground railway in the world, opens. It
runs a distance of 5.1 km (3.2 mi) between the City of London
- 17 November – Captain Willy O'Shea divorces his wife, Kitty,
for adultery; Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish
Parliamentary Party, is named as co-respondent.
- 21 November – Edward King, Anglican bishop of Lincoln, is
convicted of using ritualistic practices.
- 18 December – British East Africa Company takes control of