In the year Dorothy was born...
On April 18, at 5.12am, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit San Francisco.
Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent for a "flying machine" on May 22.
On November 22, an international conference agreed to adopt the telegraphic code SOS as a distress signal for ships.
Mount Vesuvius erupted, devastating Naples.
The Story of the Kelly Gang was released, becoming the world's first feature film.