Historical Events for Year 1897
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Jan 1st - 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0
Jan 8th - Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
Jan 10th - Henrik Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman," premieres in Helsingfors
Jan 10th - Vincent d'Indy's "Istar" premieres in Amsterdam & Brussels
Jan 11th - M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
Jan 14th - 6,960 m (22,834 ft) Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 1st climbed
Jan 16th - John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal
Jan 23rd - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Abbey Grange" (BG)
Jan 23rd - Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
Jan 26th - Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army
Jan 27th - British troops occupy Bida Gold Coast (Ghana)
Feb 1st - Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
Feb 5th - Marcel Proust meets Jean Lorrain in a pistol duel
Feb 10th - NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
Feb 11th - White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
Feb 17th - National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
Mar 4th - William McKinley inaugurated as 25th president of US
Mar 5th - American Negro Academy forms
Mar 9th - Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
25th US President William McKinley Mar 9th - Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
Mar 9th - Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
Mar 11th - A meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.
Mar 12th - Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal," premieres in Brussel
Mar 13th - San Diego State University is founded.
Mar 15th - 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
Mar 16th - Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of The Devil's Foot" (BG)
Mar 17th - Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 19th - Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
Mar 20th - 1st US orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in NY
Mar 20th - 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
Mar 20th - France signs treaty with emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
Mar 29th - Japan adopts Gold Standard
Apr 5th - The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
Apr 19th - 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)
Apr 19th - 1st performance of Debussy's "Pelléas et Mélisande"
Apr 22nd - NYC Jewish newspaper "Forward" begins publishing (still active)
Apr 24th - 1st reporter, William Price (Wash Star), assigned to White House
Apr 27th - Grant's Tomb (famed of song & legend) dedicated
May 4th - 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
May 4th - Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
May 8th - 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
May 11th - Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
May 12th - 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente Neth
May 12th - Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
May 14th - Great-Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
May 15th - The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.
May 18th - Irish Music Festival 1st held (Dublin)
May 18th - American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
May 18th - Paul Dukas "L'Apprenti Sorcier Pruimtabak on the Market," premieres
Novelist Bram Stoker May 18th - Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
May 19th - Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.
May 21st - Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
May 22nd - The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames was officially opened
May 29th - 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
Jun 12th - Possibly most severe quake in history strikes Assam India, shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1500 casualties)
Jun 15th - Liberals/social-democrats win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
Jun 16th - A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
Jun 17th - William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
Jun 19th - Wee Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak ends
Jun 24th - Hail injures 26 in Topeka Kansas
Jun 28th - Marquis C de Bonchamps' expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia
Jun 29th - Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
Jul 1st - Bronx acquires Hutton Square
Jul 1st - 14th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Blanche Hillyard beats C Sterry (5-7 7-5 6-2)
Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde Jul 1st - 21st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats H Mahony (6-4 6-4 6-3)
Jul 8th - Harbor Hospital formally opens
Jul 11th - Solomon Andree leaves Spitsbergen by balloon towards North Pole
Jul 17th - 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon
Jul 18th - Cap Anson, is 1st to get 3,000 hits
Jul 21st - Tate Gallery opens in England
Jul 25th - Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
Jul 26th - 37.5 cm rainfall at Jewell, Maryland (state record)
Jul 27th - 14.75" (37.5 cm) of rainfall, Jewell, Maryland (state 24-hr record)
Jul 27th - Dutch government of Pierson/Goeman Borgesius resigns
Aug 3rd - John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best," premieres in NYC
Aug 4th - Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
Aug 10th - Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Auto Club)
Aug 14th - The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
Aug 17th - W B Purvis patents electric railway switch
Aug 19th - 1st electric taxi's drive in London
Aug 21st - Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division
Aug 27th - Roger Bresnahan debuts as Wash Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
Aug 30th - The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
Aug 31st - General Kitchener occupies Berber, North of Khartoum
Inventor Thomas Edison Aug 31st - Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)
Sep 1st - The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
Sep 2nd - "McCall-magazine 1st published
Sep 7th - George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
Sep 10th - Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States.
Sep 11th - After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.
Sep 12th - Tirah Campaign: Battle of Saragarhi
Sep 17th - 3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton Ill
Sep 18th - Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of NYC," premieres in NYC
Sep 21st - NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus," editorial
Sep 23rd - 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming)
Sep 25th - 1st British bus service opens
Oct 4th - George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple," premieres in NYC
Oct 5th - Solomon Andrees baloon/polar expedition reaches White Island
Oct 8th - Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera
Playwright George Bernard Shaw Oct 15th - Aaron/Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
Oct 15th - King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
Oct 21st - Yerkes Observatory of University of Chicago is dedicated
Oct 22nd - World's 1st car dealer opens in London
Nov 6th - 'Peter Pan' opens in NY at Empire Theater
Nov 23rd - Andrew J Beard invents "jerry coupler," to connect railroad cars
Nov 23rd - Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love
Nov 24th - Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
Nov 25th - Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy
Nov 29th - 1st motorcycle race (Surrey England)
Dec 6th - London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs.
Dec 9th - Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.
Dec 12th - Anti-Jewish violence breaks out in Bucharest Romania
Dec 12th - Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal
Dec 12th - Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded.
Dec 16th - 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated
Dec 27th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2
Dec 28th - Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac," premieres in Paris
Dec 30th - Province of Zululand annexed to Natal colony
Dec 31st - Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)