Blanche K. Bruce serves a full term in the U.S. Senate; only African American man to do so until mid-twentieth century.
Specie Resumption Act.
Congress passes the Page Law, which excludes Chinese, Japanese, and "Mongolian" prostitutes, felons, and contract laborers from entering the U.S.
U.S. government opens the Black Hills area of South Dakota to gold seekers after gold is discovered by a military expeditiion headed by General George A. Custer.
Civil Rights Act guarantees equal use of public facilities to all citizens.
Second Sioux War caused by Sioux refusal to sell further lands to U.S.
Frances Willard joins the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.
Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Patterson Eddy publishes Science and Health
, the founding document of the Christian Science Church.
Smith College admits its first class of students.