Events in year of 1896

  • 01-02Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)
  • 01-03Emperor Wilhelm congratulates President Kruger on the Jameson Raid
  • 01-04Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
  • 01-06Cecil Rhodes resigns as Premier of Cape colony
  • 01-07Fanny Farmer publishes her 1st cookbook
  • 01-121st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
  • 01-181st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC)
  • 01-18British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa
  • 01-27Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory
  • 01-29Emile Grubbe is 1st dr to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
  • 02-08Western Conference forms of Midwestern University, later renamed Big 10 Conf
  • 02-14George Lohmann takes a hat-trick vs. South Africa, 8-7 for inning
  • 02-14South Africa all out for 30 vs. England - their lowest ever
  • 02-14Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • 02-14Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat"
  • 02-18Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for 1st time in 50 yrs
  • 02-23Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
  • 02-24Victoria all out for 43 vs. South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27
  • 02-25Italian government decides to attack Governor Baratieri of Eritrea
  • 02-28France dismisses Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar
  • 03-01Battle of Adua: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians
  • 03-02Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians
  • 03-02George Lohmann takes 9-28 vs. South Africa at Johannesburg
  • 03-05Italian Premier Crispi resigns
  • 03-05Italians Governor of Eritrea, General Baldissera, reaches Massawa
  • 03-061st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
  • 03-08Volunteers of America forms (NYC)
  • 03-10After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • 03-121st movie in the Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • 03-14Sutro Baths (San Francisco) opens by Cliff House (closed September 1, 1952)

People born in year of 1896

  • 01-01Maurice Jacobson: Composer
  • 01-01Teinosuke Kinugasa: Japans actor / director (Jujiro, Jigoku-mon)
  • 01-01Yitzhak Edel: Composer
  • 01-02Dziga Vertiv [Denis A Kaufman]: Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • 01-02Ernst-Lothar von Knorr: Composer
  • 01-04Everett McKinley Dirkson: (Sen-R-Illinois)
  • 01-05Hendrik Algra: Dutch MP (ARP)
  • 01-06Freerk Siemon Wolters: Notary / resistance fighter
  • 01-07Arnold Ridley: Bath, England -- Actor / dramatist (The Ghost Train)
  • 01-08Manuel Rojas Sepulveda: Chile -- Writer (Men of the South)
  • 01-11Eva Le Gallienne: London, England -- Actress / director (Resurrection)
  • 01-11Paddy Driscoll: NFL QB / coach (Chicago Cardinals, Bears)
  • 01-14John dos Passos: Novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
  • 01-15Jacobo Ficher: Composer
  • 01-17Harry Reser: Ohio, United States -- Orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • 01-18Hans H Holm: Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • 01-20Elmer R Diktonius: Finnish musicologist / author (Janne Kubik)
  • 01-23Charlotte A E M W: Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • 01-25John Moores: British gambling magnate / multi-millionaire
  • 02-01Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza: General / President of Nicaragua (1937-56)
  • 02-02Jane Wilde: Writer
  • 02-03Johannes Urzidil: Writer
  • 02-04Friedrich Glauser: Writer
  • 02-07Harold Hoffman: South Amboy, New Jersey -- (Gov-New Jersey)
  • 02-08Orville Caldwell: California, United States -- Actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning)
  • 02-10Olin Howlin: Denver, Colorado -- Actor (Swifty-Circus Boy)
  • 02-15Arthur Shields: Dublin, Ireland -- Actor (River, Enchanted Island)
  • 02-16Alexander Brailowsky: Russia -- Pianist (Chopin)
  • 02-20Henri de Lubac sj: French theologist / anti-fascist
  • 02-21Sylvain Poons: Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)

People died in year of 1896

  • 01-15Matthew B Brady: US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • 01-20Heinrich M von Battenberg: German son-in-law of Victoria, dies at 37
  • 01-25Frans C Baeckelmans: Flemish Architect (Court of Justice), dies at 68
  • 01-25Frederic Leighton: President of the Royal Academy (1878-96)
  • 01-28Joseph Barnby: Composer, dies at 57
  • 02-04Henry David Leslie: Composer, dies at 73
  • 02-06Abraham Czn van Stolk: Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • 02-12Charles Louis Ambrose Thomas: French Composer (Mignon), dies at 84
  • 02-12Isaac Murphy: Jockey, 628 wins on 1, 412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • 02-13Karl Reinthaler: Composer, dies at 73
  • 02-15E J Nicholson: Writer
  • 03-01Albertone: Italian General (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • 03-01Arimondi: Italian General (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • 03-26Nanny v Hof: Writer
  • 03-28E Rundle Charles: Writer
  • 04-05John Rogers Thomas: Composer, dies at 66
  • 04-12Alexander Ritter: Composer, dies at 62
  • 04-28Heinrich von Treitschke: German historian
  • 04-30Antonio Cagnoni: Composer, dies at 68
  • 05-01Nasr-ed-Din: Shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 05-12Juan Morel Campos: Composer, dies at 38
  • 05-13Nora Perry: Writer
  • 05-20Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann: Composer / pianist, dies at 76
  • 05-27Allard Pierson: Theologist / philosopher / art Historian / poet
  • 06-02Gerhard Rohlfs: German explorer (Abbsynia / Ethiopia)
  • 06-11Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke: Composer, dies at 72
  • 06-25Emile AH Seipgens: Dutch priest / beer brewer / man of letters, dies at 58
  • 07-06Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin: Composer, dies at 54
  • 07-11Ernst Curtius: German archaeologist / Historian (Olympia), dies at 81
  • 07-16Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt: Novelist, dies at 74

Events in year of 1897

  • 01-011st football game between black colleges - Atlanta University 10, Tuskegee 0
  • 01-01Brooklyn merges with New York to form present City of New York
  • 01-08Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
  • 01-11M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 01-23Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Abbey Grange" (BG)
  • 01-27British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 02-05Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
  • 02-11White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, New York City
  • 02-17National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
  • 03-04William McKinley inaugurated as 25th President of US
  • 03-05American Negro Academy forms
  • 03-09Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • 03-09Indian, fans start calling the team Indians (in 1915 becomes official)
  • 03-151st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
  • 03-17Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 03-19Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
  • 03-201st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
  • 03-201st US orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in New York
  • 03-20France signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
  • 03-29Japan adopts Gold Standard
  • 04-191st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)
  • 04-191st Boston Marathon won by John McDermott of New York in 2:55:10
  • 04-22New York City Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
  • 04-241st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
  • 05-04Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • 05-11Washingston Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • 05-121800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente Neth
  • 05-14Great-Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
  • 05-18Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)
  • 05-18New York Giant William Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

People born in year of 1897

  • 01-01Walter Greaza: St. Paul, Minnesota -- Actor (Martin Kane Private Eye)
  • 01-03Marion Davies [Marion Cecelia Douras]: Brooklyn, New York -- Actress (Operator 13)
  • 01-03Pola Negri [Barbara A Chalupec]: Polish / US actress (Madame Bovary)
  • 01-05Jack Wagner: Ohio, United States -- Actor (Jive Junction)
  • 01-05Theo Mackeben: German pianist / composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • 01-09Luis Gianneo: Composer
  • 01-10Albert Moeschinger: Composer
  • 01-12Hendrik J Valk: Painter / cartoonist / graphic artist
  • 01-19Natacha Rambova: Salt Lake City, Utah -- Costume designer
  • 01-20Mae Busch: Australian / US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
  • 01-21J Carrol Naish: NYC, New York -- Actor (Charlie Chan-Adventures of Charlie Chan)
  • 01-22Josef Stanislav: Composer
  • 01-22Rosa Ponselle: Opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • 01-23Amanda Berry Smith: Famous African
  • 01-23Subhas Chandra Bose: Indian politician
  • 01-28Valentin Katayev: Odessa, Ukraine -- Novelist / playwright (Embezzled)
  • 02-01Denise Robins: London, England -- Romantic Novelist (1st Long Kiss)
  • 02-04Ludwig Erhard: Chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • 02-05Dirk U Stikker: Director (Heineken) / Dutch Foreign Minister / NATO
  • 02-06Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti: Brazil -- Director (Nicholas Nickleby)
  • 02-07Quincy Porter: New Haven, Connecticut -- Composer
  • 02-09Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith: Pioneer Australian aviator
  • 02-10John Franklin Enders: Connecticut, United States -- Microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • 02-11Yves de La Casiniere: Composer
  • 02-14Jorgen Bentzon: Composer
  • 02-15Earl H Blaik: Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • 02-17Johan[nes A] Kaart: Dutch actor / stage manager (My Fair Lady)
  • 02-20Ivan Albright: Illinois, United States -- Painter (Door, Window)
  • 02-27Bernard F Lyot: French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • 02-27G Paul H Schuitema: Graphic designer / photographer (System-O-Color)

People died in year of 1897

  • 02-05Hoss Radbourn: Pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • 02-06Ebenezer C Brewer: British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable)
  • 02-07Galileo Ferraris: Italian physicist (Ferrari), dies at 49
  • 02-19Karl T Weierstrass: German mathematician, dies at 81
  • 02-23Woldemar Bargiel: Composer, dies at 68
  • 03-10Teodulo Mabellini: Composer, dies at 79
  • 03-11Berthold Tours: Composer, dies at 58
  • 03-11Henry Drummond: Scottish geologist / evangelist, dies at 45
  • 04-03Johannes Brahms: German Composer / conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63
  • 04-08George Garrett: Composer, dies at 62
  • 04-08Heinrich von Stephan: UK politician
  • 04-23Clement Harris: Composer, dies at 25
  • 05-02William Cleaver Francis Robinson: Composer, dies at 63
  • 05-10William Thomas Best: Composer, dies at 70
  • 05-12Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown: Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • 05-12Willem Roelofs: Painter / lithographer
  • 05-21Karol Mikuli: Composer, dies at 77
  • 05-23Aleko Konstantinov: Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34
  • 06-09Alvin Graham Clark: Dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens
  • 06-22Ralph Abercromby: British meteorologist, dies at about 54
  • 07-12Felix Godefroid: Composer, dies at 78
  • 07-16Levin Goldschmidt: German business law expert
  • 07-29Joost G Kist: Lawyer / President of High Council (1885-97), dies at 74
  • 08-08Jacob Burckhardt: Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • 08-13Antonius von der Linde: Neth / German librarian, dies at 63
  • 09-20Karel Bendl: Composer, dies at 59
  • 10-08Martin Pluddemann: Composer, dies at 43
  • 10-09John Heemskerk Azn: Dutch Internal Minister (1866..88), dies at 79
  • 10-17Isidor Dannstrom: Composer, dies at 84
  • 10-21Paul Kuczynski: Composer, dies at 50