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- The Suez Canal begins to be built in Egypt.
- January 24 - Wallachia and Moldavia are united under Alexander John Cuza under the name Romania (see December 1 1918 for the final unification, Transylvania and other regions are still missing at that time).
- Date unknown – Mahmud Bayazidi, Kurdish polymath
- John Brown