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