Gilbert Balls being exported to New Zealand.
The Rugby Football Union formed in London on January 26th by the following 20 clubs: Blackheath, Richmond, Wellington College, Guy's Hospital, Harlequins, King's College, St. Paul's, Civil Service, Marlborough Nomads, Queen's House, West Kent, Wimbledon Hornets, Gipsies, Clapham Rovers, Flamingoes, Law, Lausanne, Addison, Mohicans, and Belsize Park.
First match between England and Scotland. Scotland won, in Edinburgh, by 1 goal, 1 try to 1 try (at this date only goals could decide a match. Tries did not count unless converted into a goal). Teams were 20-a-side-13 forwards, 3 half-backs, I three-quarter back, 3 full backs. F. Stokes (Blackheath) captained England and the Hon. F. J. Moncrieff (Edinburgh Academicals) Scotland.
First University Match. Oxford won, at Oxford, by 1 goal, 1 try to 0.
Streatham-Croydon, Neath RFC’s formed.
Welsh-born journalist Henry Morton Stanley locates missing Scottish explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, and allegedly greets him saying "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"