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

Events in year of 1899

  • 01-01Cuba liberated from Spain by US (National Day) (US occupies till 1902)
  • 01-05Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton (BG)
  • 01-17US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
  • 01-19Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • 01-24Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
  • 01-28American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress
  • 02-04Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
  • 02-06Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 02-10US-Spain peace treaty signed by President McKinley. US gets PR and Guam
  • 02-121st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, New York City
  • 02-14US Congress begins using voting machines
  • 02-18San Francisco named as a port of dispatch for Army transports
  • 02-20Ill Tel and Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • 03-02President McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier National Park (5th in US)
  • 03-03Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar
  • 03-03George Dewey becomes 1st in US with rank of Admiral of the Navy
  • 03-06"Asprin" patented by Felix Hoffmann
  • 03-14Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-2
  • 03-17Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die
  • 03-18Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering
  • 03-21British and French accord about West-Africa
  • 04-01NC Mutual opens doors for business
  • 04-04South Africa all out 35 vs. England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • 04-11Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • 04-18John McGraw, at 36, managerial debut as Oriole manager
  • 04-193rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38
  • 04-24Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid
  • 05-0425th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
  • 05-09Lawn mower patented
  • 05-17Victoria and Albert Museum foundation laid England

People born in year of 1899

  • 01-01Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa: Composer
  • 01-01Lev V Kuleshov: Russian director / theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • 01-01Raymond Loucheur: Composer
  • 01-02Paul-Henri Spaak: Belgium -- Premier / Secretary General of NATO (1957-61)
  • 01-06Phyllis Haver: Douglas, Kansas -- Silent screen actress (What Price Glory)
  • 01-07Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc: Paris, France -- Composer / pianist (Les Biches)
  • 01-07Kenneth Thomson: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant)
  • 01-08Solomon WRD Bandaranaike: Premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
  • 01-14Fritz Bayerlein: German Lieutenant General (WWI, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)
  • 01-15Goodman Ace: Radio / TV actor / columnist / humorist (Better of Goodman)
  • 01-17Al Capone: Italy -- Gangster (Chicago bootlegging)
  • 01-17Nevil Shute [Norway]: London, England -- Novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
  • 01-17Robert Maynard Hutchins: United States -- Educator / civil libertarian
  • 01-17Roel [Martinus F] Houwink: Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • 01-19[John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion: Organist / composer
  • 01-20Kenjiro Takayanagi: VP (JVC)
  • 01-22Guido Kisch: Czech / German / US historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • 01-23Joseph Nathan Kane: Historian (Famous Firsts)
  • 01-25Ace Goodman: Kansas City, Missouri -- Comedian (Easy Aces)
  • 01-26Wyllis Cooper: Pekin, Illinois -- TV narrator (Volume One)
  • 01-27Granville English: Composer
  • 01-28Zilner T Randolph: Jazz trumpeter / arranger
  • 01-30Max Theiler: English / US microbiologist (Nobel 1951)
  • 02-02Benny Rubin: Boston, Massachusetts -- Actor / comedian (Benny Rubin Show)
  • 02-03Doris Speed: Actress (Annie-Coronation Street)
  • 02-03Forrest "Red" DeBernardi: Basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 02-07Arvid Pelshe: Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • 02-12Albert Huybrechts: Composer
  • 02-14John Randall, Jr.: Michigan, United States -- Historian / philosopher (Western Man)
  • 02-15Gale Sondergard: Litchfield, Minnesota -- Actress (Cat & Canary, Road to Rio)

People died in year of 1899

  • 01-10Gerard Keller: Dutch writer (Vlugmaren), dies at 69
  • 01-29Alfred Sisley: Painter
  • 01-29Robert J Fruin: Dutch Historian (80-year war), dies at 75
  • 02-06Georg Leo Earl von Caprivi: German chancellor, dies at 67
  • 02-11George Morgan: 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident
  • 02-18M Sophus Lie: Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • 02-25Paul Julius von Reuter: Founder of the news agency (Reuters)
  • 03-14Emile Erckmann: French writer (Waterloo), dies at 76
  • 03-18Douglas Strutt Galton: English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • 03-18Svetolik Rankovic: Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • 03-20Martha M Place: Of Brooklyn, becomes 1st woman to die by electrocution
  • 04-17Hans Balatka: Composer, dies at 74
  • 04-21Heinrich Kiepert: German cartographer / geographer, dies at 80
  • 05-15Francisque Sarcey: French writer (Le Temps), dies at 70
  • 05-25Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur: French painter, dies at 68
  • 05-29Frantz Jehin-Prume: Composer, dies at 60
  • 06-10Ernest Chausson: French Composer (Solitude dance le bois), dies at 44
  • 06-30Jon Helgason: Icelandic Poet (Ur Landsudri)
  • 07-12Esquire Mauritius A de Savornin Lohman: Gov of Suriname, dies at 67
  • 07-18Horatio Alger, Jr.: American clergyman / Author (Disagreeeable Woman)
  • 09-08Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal: Composer, dies at 78
  • 09-14Henry Bliss: 1st auto death (NYC)
  • 09-28Giovanni Segantini: Italian Painter (Become his fare)
  • 10-05Johann Nepomuk Fuchs: Composer, dies at 57
  • 10-20Robert H "Bobby" Gunning: British Colonel (60th Rifles), dies in battle
  • 10-23W Penn Symons: British General Major, dies in battle
  • 10-28C Grant B Allen: Canada -- British writer (Woman Who Did)
  • 11-19[Maria] Catharina Beersmans: Belgian actress (Medea), dies at 55
  • 11-20Carl A E Ahlqvist [A Oksanen]: Finnish translator, dies at 63
  • 11-21Garret Augustus Hobart: 24th VP