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Notable Historical Events - 1899

1899British Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown

1899Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

1899Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles)

1899james j jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1899Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal

1899james j jeffries beats Tom Sharkey in 25 for heavyweight boxing title

1899 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Cuba liberated from Spain by US (Natl Day) (US occupies till 1902) 
Jan 1
Spanish rule ends in Cuba. 
Jan 3
The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times. 
Jan 5
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure-Charles Augustus Milverton (BG) 
Jan 7
Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's 
Jan 17
US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific 
Jan 19
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms 
Jan 21
Opel manufactured its first automobile. 
Jan 22
Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation. 
Jan 23
Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic. 
Jan 24
Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms 
Jan 24
Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan 
Jan 28
American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress 
Feb 2
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne. 
Feb 4
The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces 
Feb 6
Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate 
Feb 10
-39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature) 
Feb 10
US-Spain peace treaty signed by Pres McKinley. US gets PR & Guam 
Feb 11
-15°F (-26°C), Washington, DC (district record) 
Feb 11
-61°F, Montana (record low temperature) 
Feb 12
-47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record) 
Feb 12
1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC 
Feb 13
-16°F (-27°C), Minden Louisiana (state record) 
Feb 13
-1°F (-18°C) New Orleans, La 
Feb 13
-2°F (-19°C) Tallahassee, Florida (state record) 
Feb 14
US Congress begins using voting machines 
Feb 16
Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg) 
Feb 16
President Félix Faure of France dies in office. 
Feb 16
Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded. 
Feb 18
80°F in SF 
Feb 18
SF named as a port of dispatch for Army transports 
Feb 18
Stanley Cup: Mont Shamrocks sweep Queens U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games 
Feb 20
Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system 
Feb 24
Western Washington University is established. 
Mar 2
Pres McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier Natl Park (5th in US) 
Mar 3
Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar 
Mar 3
George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy 
Mar 4
Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead. 
Mar 5
1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D 
Mar 6
"Asprin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer 
Mar 14
Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-2 
Mar 17
Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die 
Mar 18
Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by Pickering 
Mar 21
British & French accord over West Africa 
Apr 1
NC Mutual opens doors for business 
Apr 4
South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11) 
Apr 11
Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US 
Apr 18
John McGraw, at 36, managerial debut as Oriole manager 
Apr 18
The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria. 
Apr 19
3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38 
Apr 24
Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid 
May 4
25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12 
May 8
The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin opens. 
May 8
Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles) 
May 9
Lawn mower patented 
May 17
Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England 
May 18
World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in 1st Hague Peace Conference 
May 24
1st auto repair shop opens (Boston) 
May 25
33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23 
May 30
24th Preakness: R Clawson aboard Half Time wins in 1:47 
May 31
-June 5] Conference of Bloemfontein fails 
May 31
Bronx acquires Keltch Memorial Park 
Jun 1
Cricket test debut of Wilfred Rhodes & Victor Trumper in Grace's last 
Jun 2
Black Americans observed day of fasting in protest against lynchings 
Jun 3
W G Grace's last day of Test cricket aged 50 yrs 320 days 
Jun 5
Alfred Dreyfus acquitted 
Jun 9
james j jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 10
Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms in Cincinnati 
Jun 12
New Richmond Tornado: the eighth deadliest tornado in U.S. history kills 117 peoples and injures around 200. 
Jun 16
Victor Trumper's 1st Test Cricket century 135* v England, Lord's 
Jun 27
16th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Blanche Hillyard beats C Sterry (6-2 6-3) 
Jun 27
23rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats Arthur Gore (1-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3) 
Jun 29
Brazo River in Texas floods 12 miles wide causing $10 mil damage 
Jun 30
Jack Hearne takes a hat-trick Eng v Australia at Headingley 
Jul 1
Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels 
Jul 1
SF City Hall turned over to city, after 29 years of building 
Jul 19
National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers forms 
Jul 29
1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY 
Jul 29
Southern California Golf Association forms 
Jul 29
The First Hague Convention is signed. 
Jul 31
Albert Trott hits Monty Noble over the Pavilion at Lord's 
Aug 15
Louisville's Henry Dowling struck out 5 times in a game 
Sep 4
8.3 earthquake shakes Yakutat Bay Alaska 
Sep 6
Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk 
Sep 6
US minister of Foreign affairs John Hay publishes his "Open Through Note" 
Sep 8
British government sends an additional 10,000 troops to Natal South Africa 
Sep 9
French Capt Alfred Dreyfus sentenced on unjust grounds 
Sep 10
2nd quake in 7 days (8.6) hits Yakutat Bay Alaska 
Sep 13
Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199m - 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya. 
Sep 14
Henry Bliss becomes 1st automobile fatality in the US (NY) 
Sep 15
5th US Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD 
Sep 17
1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa 
Sep 28
Transvaal mobilizes 
Oct 2
Orange Free state mobilizes 
Oct 3
J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner 
Oct 9
1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa 
Oct 9
South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum 
Oct 10
IR Johnson patents bicycle frame 
Oct 11
South African Boers declare war on Great Britain 
Oct 12
South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain 
Oct 13
7000 lay-offs black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal 
Oct 14
Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa 
Oct 15
Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders 
Oct 17
Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000 
Oct 20
Battle at Talana Hill, Natal: British army vs Boers 
Oct 20
Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup 
Oct 21
Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army) 
Oct 22
British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa 
Oct 24
Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army 
Oct 30
Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers beat lt-general White's army 
Oct 30
British Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown 
Nov 2
Boers begin siege of Ladysmith, Natal 
Nov 3
james j jeffries beats Tom Sharkey in 25 for heavyweight boxing title 
Nov 11
Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London 
Nov 12
British troops reach Durban Natal 
Nov 15
Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal 
Nov 18
Trumper scores 208 in 185 mins (1 five 25 fours) NSW v Qld 
Nov 22
-23] Battle at Willow Grange, Natal (British vs Boer army) 
Nov 23
Battle at Belmont, Cape colony: general Methuen beats Farmers 
Nov 25
Battle at Graspan, Cape colony: General Methuen beats Farmers 
Nov 28
Battle of Mud River (Boer general Cronjé beats British gen Methuen) 
Dec 2
US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them 
Dec 2
Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought. 
Dec 4
56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes 
Dec 4
Webb Hayes, son of pres Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor 
Dec 9
Boer War: During Seige of Ladysmith, Boers storm King's Post and Caesar's Camp - driven back 
Dec 10
-15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa 
Dec 10
Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army 
Dec 10
Frank Wedekind's "Der Kammersang" premieres in Berlin 
Dec 10
The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is founded at the City College of New York. 
Dec 12
1st case of plague on Oahu, Hawaii 
Dec 12
George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee 
Dec 15
Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army) 
Dec 18
Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa 
Dec 23
British Field Marshall Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War 
Dec 23
Tentative Turkish & German treaty on construction of Baghdad railway 
Dec 25
Farmers send/guide belegerd Ladysmith Kerstpudding/desire in grenade 
Dec 26
Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed 
Dec 29
English fleet brings German postschip Bundesrath up 
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