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Notable Historical Events - 1896

1896Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.

18961st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC

1896Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin

1896John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston,

1896Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history

1896The Die Presse newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article

1896Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

1896William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democrat convention

1896Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned

1896Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.

1896Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada

1896William McKinley (R) defeats William Jennings Bryan (D) for president

1896Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin

1896Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada

1896Oscar Wilde's "Salome," premieres in Paris

1896Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

1896"Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

1896 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays 
Jan 2
Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops) 
Jan 3
Emperor Wilhelm congratulates Pres Kruger on the Jameson Raid 
Jan 4
AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC 
Jan 4
Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state 
Jan 5
Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez," premieres in Barcelona 
Jan 5
The Die Presse newspaper (Germany) publicly announces Wilhelm Röntgen's discovery of X-rays and their potential for new methods of medical diagnoses in a front-page article 
Jan 6
1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden 
Jan 6
Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony 
Jan 7
Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" 
Jan 12
1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC) 
Jan 15
Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel," premieres in London 
Jan 16
Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire. 
Jan 18
1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC) 
Jan 18
British troops occupy Kumasi, West Africa 
Jan 23
Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E, premieres 
Jan 27
Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory 
Jan 29
Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer 
Feb 1
Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin 
Feb 8
Georges Feydeaus' "Le Dindon," premieres in Paris 
Feb 8
Western Conference forms of Midwestern U, later renamed Big 10 Conf 
Feb 11
Oscar Wilde's "Salome," premieres in Paris 
Feb 14
George Lohmann takes a hat-trick v South Africa, 8-7 for inning 
Feb 14
South Africa all out for 30 v England - their lowest ever 
Feb 14
Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0 
Feb 14
Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat" 
Feb 17
Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced 
Feb 18
Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs 
Feb 23
Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield 
Feb 24
Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27 
Feb 25
Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea 
Feb 28
France dismisses Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar 
Mar 1
Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia 
Mar 1
Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity. 
Mar 2
George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg 
Mar 5
Italian premier Crispi resigns 
Mar 5
Italian governor of Eritrea, Gen Baldissera, reaches Massawa 
Mar 6
1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage" 
Mar 7
Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London 
Mar 8
Volunteers of America forms (NYC) 
Mar 10
Bronx acquires O'Brien Square 
Mar 10
Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS] 
Mar 10
After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall" 
Mar 12
1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220) 
Mar 14
Sutro Baths (SF) opens by Cliff House (closed Sept 1, 1952) 
Mar 16
Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" 
Mar 20
Marines land in Nicaragua to protect US citizens 
Mar 20
Uprising in Matabeleland 
Mar 22
Charilaos Vasilakos wins 1st marathon (3:18) 
Mar 23
Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier," premieres in Milan 
Mar 23
The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels. 
Mar 25
Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6] 
Mar 28
The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan) 
Apr 4
Announcement of Gold in Yukon 
Apr 6
1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history 
Apr 10
Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50) 
Apr 12
Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens) 
Apr 13
John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres at the Tremont Theatre in Boston, 
Apr 15
1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece 
Apr 19
Herzl's "The Jewish State" is published 
Apr 20
1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC 
Apr 23
Vitascope system of movie projection 1st shown at Koster & Bial's Music Hall (NYC) 
Apr 25
Fight in Central Dance Hall starts fire (Cripple Creek Colorado) 
Apr 25
Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London 
May 1
Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada 
May 4
1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny) 
May 4
Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado 
May 6
22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75 
May 6
Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine. 
May 8
Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire 
May 9
1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models) 
May 14
Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F /-23°C at Climax, Colorado) 
May 15
Tornado kills 78 in Texas 
May 18
US Supreme court affirms race separation (Plessy v Ferguson) 
May 18
Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people. 
May 19
1st auto (Benz) to arrive in Netherlands 
May 20
The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others. 
May 26
1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY 
May 26
Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94) 
May 26
Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned 
May 26
James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California. 
May 27
Bay District Race Track closes 
May 27
Tornado hit St Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless 
May 30
1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC) 
Jun 2
30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5 
Jun 2
Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897 
Jun 4
Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit 
Jun 6
21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51 
Jun 6
Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 year 
Jun 8
1st car is stolen 
Jun 11
US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized 
Jun 12
J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets in a season. 
Jun 15
Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku Japan 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured, with 13,000 houses destroyed 
Jun 16
Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, Calif 
Jun 26
1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission 
Jun 30
W S Hadaway patents electric stove 
Jul 1
Harbor of Ymuiden opens 
Jul 1
Wilfrid Laurel sworn in as 1st French speaking premier of Canada 
Jul 8
William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democrat convention 
Jul 8
Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history 
Jul 11
Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada 
Jul 13
Ed Delahanty, becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game 
Jul 18
2nd US Golf Open: James Foulis shoots a 152 at Shinnecock Hills NY 
Jul 18
George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket 
Jul 18
Ranjitsinhji completes 154* on Test Cricket debut v Aust, Old Trafford 
Jul 21
National Federation of Afro-American Women & Colored Women's 
Jul 21
13th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Charlotte Sterry beats A Pickering (6-2 6-3) 
Jul 21
20th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Harold Mahony beats W Baddeley (6-2 6-8 5-7 8-6 6-3) 
Jul 28
City of Miami incorporated 
Aug 1
George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England) 
Aug 6
France annexes Madagascar 
Aug 11
Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain 
Aug 12
Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg 
Aug 16
Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack 
Aug 18
Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times 
Aug 20
Dial telephone patented 
Aug 23
First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila. 
Aug 26
Armenian revolutionairy assault on Ottoman Bank Constantinople 
Aug 27
Britain defeated Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM) 
Aug 29
Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador 
Aug 30
Eight provinces in the Philippines were declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. This included the provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Nueva Ecija as well as the nearby areas. 
Aug 31
Louis Napoleon Parker's "Rosemary" premieres in NYC 
Sep 7
A H Whiting wins 1st automobile race held on a closed-circuit track in Cranston, RI 
Sep 21
General Kitchener's army occupies Dongola Sudan 
Sep 22
Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history. 
Oct 1
Sherlock Holmes adventure "Veiled Lodger" takes place (BG) 
Oct 5
William Gillette's "Secret Service," premieres in NYC 
Oct 6
Jose Rizal was arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and was imprisoned in Barcelona 
Oct 8
Dow Jones starts reporting an average of selected industrial stocks 
Oct 13
First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand 
Oct 17
Anton Tsjechovs "Chayka," premieres in St Petersburg 
Oct 26
Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty 
Oct 27
1st Pali Road completed in Hawaii (winds so strong streams flow UP!) 
Oct 30
Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator 
Nov 1
First bare-breasted women (Zulu) to appear in National Geographic Magazine 
Nov 3
J H Hunter patents portable weighing scales 
Nov 3
Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah elected 1st female senator 
Nov 3
William McKinley (R) defeats William Jennings Bryan (D) for president 
Nov 11
Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War 
Nov 11
Samuel Pierpont Langley's Number 6 'heavier-than-air' aircraft model flies over 1,500 m (5,000 ft). 
Nov 14
Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation 
Nov 19
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Sussex Vampire" (BG) 
Nov 24
1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont 
Nov 26
1st large indoor football game, U of Chic beats U of Mich 7-6 
Nov 26
A A Stagg of U Chicago creates American football huddle 
Nov 27
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra) debuts in Frankfurt 
Dec 1
1st certified public accountants receive certificates (NY) 
Dec 2
Gerhart Hauptmann's "Die versunkene Glocke" premieres in Berlin 
Dec 5
Henrik Ibsen's "Kejsor og Galileer" premieres in Leipzig 
Dec 6
D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura 
Dec 8
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Missing 3 Quarter" (BG) 
Dec 10
1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3) 
Dec 10
Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi" premieres in Paris 
Dec 14
The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company. 
Dec 25
"Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa 
Dec 30
Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5 
Dec 30
José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila. 
Dec 31
25th auto built in US 
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