1896 in History – What happened in year 1896


In history, year 1896 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1896.

Know what happened in 1896:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 March French physicist Henri Becquerel discovered the principle of radioactive decay when he exposed photographic plates to uranium.
16 AugustA group led by Skookum Jim Mason discovered gold near DawsonCity, Yukon, Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
30 AugustPhilippine Revolution-In the Battle of San Juan del Monte, thefirst real battle of the war, a Katipunan force temporarily captured apowder magazine before being beaten back by a Spanish garrison.
30 DecemberPhilippine Revolution-Nationalist José Rizal was executed bya firing squad in Manila after Spanish authorities convicted him ofrebellion, sedition, and conspiracy.
27 AugustThe United Kingdom and Zanzibar went to war, with Zanzibarsurrendering less than an hour after the conflict broke out.
01 March Ethiopia defeated Italy at the Battle of Adwa, ending the FirstItalo-Ethiopian War.
01 MarchFrench physicist Henri Becquerel discovered the principle ofradioactive decay when he exposed photographic plates to uranium.
06 AprilThe first modern Olympic Games (official report pictured)opened in Athens, with 241 athletes from 14 nations participating in 43events in nine disciplines.
07 AprilAn Arctic expedition led by Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansenreached 86°13.6'N, almost three degrees beyond the previous FarthestNorth mark.
09 JulyPolitician William Jennings Bryan made his Cross of Gold speechadvocating bimetallism, considered one of the greatest politicalspeeches in American history.
10 DecemberAlfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi made its only performance in Parisat the Théâtre de l'Œuvre, infamously causing a riotous response inthe audience.
15 JuneA 7.2 Ms earthquake and a subsequent tsunami struck Japan,destroying about 9,000 homes and causing at least 22,000 deaths.
30 DecemberPhilippine Revolution-Nationalist José Rizal was executed bya firing squad in Manila after Spanish authorities convicted him ofrebellion, sedition, and conspiracy.
23 AugustAndrés Bonifacio and his Katipunan comrades in modern-day Quezon City rose up in revolt against Spanish rule, marking the beginning of the Philippine Revolution.
30 AugustPhilippine Revolution-In the Battle of San Juan del Monte, the first real battle of the war, a Katipunan force temporarily captured apowder magazine before being beaten back by a Spanish garrison.
18 MayThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Plessy v.Ferguson, upholding the legality of racial segregation in publictransportation under the 'Separate but equal' doctrine.
01 FebruaryGiacomo Puccini's opera La bohème premiered at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, eventually becoming one of the most frequently performed operas internationally.
01 MarchEthiopia defeated Italy at the Battle of Adwa, ending the First Italo-Ethiopian War.
06 AprilThe first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, with 241 athletes from 14 nations participating in 43 events in nine disciplines.
07 AprilAn Arctic expedition led by Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen reached 86°13.6'N, almost three degrees beyond the previous Farthest North mark.
27 MayThe St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado, one of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in US history, struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois, killing more than 255 people and injuring at least 1, 000 others.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1896:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 NovemberEdmund Blunden / Poet / United Kingdom
05 DecemberCarl Ferdinand Cori / Biochemist / United States of America
09 February Alberto Vargas / Painter / United States of America
10 SeptemberAdele Astaire / Actress / United States of America
11 OctoberRoman Jakobson / Linguist / Russia
14 AugustAlbert Ball / Pilot / United Kingdom
15 NovemberLeonard Lord / Business Man / United Kingdom
16 NovemberOswald Mosley / Politician / United Kingdom
17 AugustTõnis Kint / Politician / Estonia
18 JuneBlanche Sweet / Actress / United States of America
19 JulyReginald Baker / Producer / United Kingdom
22 JuneLeonard W. Murray / Admiral / Canada
22 SeptemberUri Zvi Greenberg / Poet / Israel
23 OctoberLilyan Tashman / Actress / United States of America
23 January Alf Blair / Rugby Player / Australia
24 February Richard Thorpe / Writer / United States of America
25 NovemberAlbertus Soegijapranata / Bishop / Indonesia
26 AprilErnst Udet / Pilot / Germany
27 JulyHenri Longchambon / Politician / France
28 February Philip Showalter Hench / Physician / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1896:

YearName / Profession / Country
21 February Nirala / Poet / India
12 NovemberSalim Ali / Author / India
14 JanuaryC. D. Deshmukh / Economist / India
29 FebruaryMorarji Desai / Politician / India
24 FebruaryGopal Swarup Pathak / Politician / India
29 FebruaryMorarji Desai / Politician / India
21 FebruarySuryakanti Tripathi Nirala / Writer / India
20 AugustGostha Pal / Footballer / India
02 MayV. K. Krishna Menon / Lawyer / India
12 NovemberSalim Ali / Scientist / India
03 MayV. K. Krishna Menon / Politician / India
28 AugustFiraq Gorakhpuri / Poet / India
NA NAJai Gurudev / Religious Guru / India
29 February Morarji Desai / Politician / India
14 JanuarySir Chintaman Dwarakanath Deshmukh / Civil Servant / India
01 SeptemberA. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada / Religious Leader / India

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