Through mid-January (starting 31 December) – The first Industrial Airplane Show is held in conjunction with the U.S. International Auto Show, at Manhattan's Grand Central Palace in New York.Charles W. Chappelle (1872–1941), a member of the U.S. Aeronautical Reserve, is the only African-American to invent and display an airplane, for which he wins a medal.
April 22 – A passenger train from Port Alfred to Grahamstown, South Africa derails on the Blaauwkrantz Bridge, and plunges into the ravine 200 feet (61 metres) below, killing 31 and seriously injuring 23.
April 27 – Huanghuagang Uprising: In China, rebels take five villages in an attempt to create a power base to fight Imperial rule; those who die are remembered as "The 72 Martyrs" (the event is also called the "Second Guangzhou Uprising" and the "Yellow Flower Mound Revolt").
June 14 – RMS Olympic departs Southampton, England, for her maiden voyage, with a first call at Cherbourg, France.
June 15 – RMS Olympic arrives in Queenstown, Ireland, to discharge and take up passengers.
June 21 – RMS Olympic arrives in New York, United States, at the end of her maiden voyage. She proceeds to her quarantine station off Staten Island, which she leaves at 7:45 a.m., and is saluted on her way up New York Harbor by all kinds of craft, as she steams to Pier 59 in the North River. With the assistance of twelve tugs, Olympic is safely moored at 10 a.m.
November 3 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market, in competition with the Ford Model T.
November 4 – The Treaty of Berlin brings the Agadir Crisis to a close. This treaty leads Morocco to be split between France (as a protectorate) and Spain (as the colony of Spanish Sahara), with Germany forfeiting all claims to Morocco. In return, France gives Germany a portion of the French Congo (as Kamerun) and Germany cedes some of German Kamerun to France (as Chad).
November 17 – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated (the first black Greek-lettered organization founded at an American historically black college or university) is founded on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C.