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

Events in year of 1898

  • 01-01Lightship replaces whistling buoy at mouth of SF Bay
  • 01-061st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
  • 01-14Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)
  • 01-19Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game
  • 02-011st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Company
  • 02-08John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding and gumming mach (Mass)
  • 02-11Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named Minister to Liberia
  • 02-15USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die
  • 02-22Black postmaster lynched, his wife and 3 daughters shot in Lake City, South Carolina
  • 03-02Australia complete a 4-1 series annihilation of England
  • 03-171st practical submarine 1st submerges, NYC (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
  • 03-241st automobile sold
  • 03-25Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association formed in New York City
  • 04-08Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • 04-11President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration
  • 04-12Army transfers Yerba Buena Island in SF Bay to Navy
  • 04-192nd Boston Marathon won by Ron McDonald of Mass in 2:42:00
  • 04-20US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
  • 04-21Spanish-American War begins
  • 04-221st Spanish-American War action: USS Nashville, takes enemy ship
  • 04-22Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 04-22Cincinnati Red Theodore Breitenstein no-hits Pirates 11-0
  • 04-22Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry
  • 04-22US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors
  • 04-24Spain declares war on US rejecting ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • 04-24US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines
  • 04-25US declares war on Spain over Cuba
  • 04-30Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl
  • 05-01George Dewey commands, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
  • 05-03Camp Merriman forms at Presidio (San Francisco)

People born in year of 1898

  • 01-01Viktor Ullmann: Opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 01-03Johannes Hin: Holland, Netherlands -- Yachtsman (1920 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-03ZaSu Pitts: Parsons, Kansas -- Actress (Life With Father, Dames)
  • 01-04Roger Vuataz: Composer
  • 01-06Jan Filip Boon: Flemish author / editor (De Standaard 1929-39)
  • 01-07Art Baker: NYC, New York -- TV host (You Asked For It)
  • 01-07Geronimo Baqueiro Foster: Composer
  • 01-09Gracie Fields [Stansfield]: England, United Kingdom -- Music hall / vaudeville performer
  • 01-09Vilma Banky: Budapest, Hungary -- Silent screen actress (Eagle, Rebel)
  • 01-11Hans Rudolf Krik: Danish writer / critic (Fiskerne, Slaven)
  • 01-12Jose Forns y Cuadras: Composer
  • 01-13Pedro DE Teixeira de Mattos: Dutch diplomat
  • 01-14Helen Flint: Chicago, Illinois -- Actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast)
  • 01-20Colin Clive [Greig]: St. Malo, France -- Actor (Bride of Frankenstein)
  • 01-21Avery Claflin: Composer
  • 01-21John George: Syria -- Actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu)
  • 01-22Alexander Abramsky: Composer
  • 01-22Ben van Eysselsteijn: Dutch writer (Arid Earth)
  • 01-22Gustaf Paulson: Composer
  • 01-22Hans van Werveke: Flemish historian (Diocese Terwaan)
  • 01-22Ross R Barnett: Lawyer / (Gov-D-Miss)
  • 01-23Randolph Scott: Actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)
  • 01-25Joachim Wach: German / US philosopher / sociologist (Understanding)
  • 01-28Vittorio Rieti: Composer
  • 01-28Wies Moens: Flemish writer / Nazi
  • 01-29Fernand Quinet: Belgian cellist / composer / conductor (La Guerre)
  • 01-29Karl Bjarnhof: Danish blind journalist / writer (History of Sascha)
  • 02-02Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar: Dutch actress (Theatre De la Mar)
  • 02-03Alvar Aalto: Finland -- Architect (Finlandia House)
  • 02-03Paul Urysohn: Russian mathematician

People died in year of 1898

  • 01-03James Wimshurst: British designer / inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70
  • 01-04Frantisek Pivoda: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-11Gaetano Capocci: Composer, dies at 86
  • 01-14Lewis Carroll: Writer (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 65
  • 01-23W A Remy: Composer, dies at 66
  • 01-28Alexandru Flechtenmacher: Composer, dies at 74
  • 03-16Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley: English illustrator (Salome), dies at 23
  • 03-17Blanche Kelso Bruce: (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881), dies at 57 in Washington
  • 03-19Joao da Cruz: Brazilian poet, dies at 26
  • 03-27Sajjid Ahmad Chan: Co founder (Pakistan), dies at 80
  • 03-31Edward Noyes Westcott: US attorney / writer (David Harum)
  • 04-18Gustave Moureau: Painter
  • 04-21Louis Theodore Gouvy: Composer, dies at 78
  • 05-01Alphonse Wauters: Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • 06-03Nikolai Afanisev: Composer, dies at 77
  • 06-03Samuel Plimsoll: English MP ( Folkestone), dies at 74
  • 06-06Constant A Serrure: Flemish historian, dies at 62
  • 06-22Anton Kerner Ritter von Marilaun: Austria botanist, dies at 66
  • 06-25Ferdinand J Cohn: German Botanist / publicist, dies at 70
  • 07-07Lucien Petipa: French dancer / choreograph / ballet leader
  • 07-11Charles Chanoine: French lt / mass murderer in Senegal
  • 07-12Paul Voulet: French captain / mass murderer in Senegal
  • 07-18Emil Hartmann: Composer, dies at 62
  • 07-20Yuri Arnold: Composer, dies at 86
  • 07-30Otto von Bismarck: German "Iron" chancellor, dies at 83
  • 08-17Carl Johann Adam Zeller: Composer, dies at 56
  • 08-21Nicola van Westerhout: Composer, dies at 40
  • 08-23Joseph Robinson: Composer, dies at 82
  • 09-02Hubert Howard: British journalist (Times), dies through friendly fire
  • 09-05Sarah Emma Evelyn Edmonds: Disguised as man fought for union