1896 in History – What happened in year 1896

✅ Published on April 6th, 2009 in 19th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1896 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
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.
01 marchFrench physicist Henri Becquerel discovered the principle of radioactive decay when he exposed photographic plates to uranium.
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.
18 mayThe U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Plessy v.Ferguson, upholding the legality of racial segregation in publictran sportation under the 'Separate but equal' doctrine.
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.
15 juneA 7.2 Ms earthquake and a subsequent tsunami struck Japan,destroying about 9,000 homes and causing at least 22,000 deaths.
09 julyPolitician William Jennings Bryan made his Cross of Gold speechadvocating bimetallism, considered one of the greatest politicalspeeches in American history.
16 augustA group led by Skookum Jim Mason discovered gold near DawsonCity, Yukon, Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
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.
27 augustThe United Kingdom and Zanzibar went to war, with Zanzibarsurrendering less than an hour after the conflict broke out.
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.
10 decemberAlfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi made its only performance in Parisat the Théâtre de l'Œuvre, infamously causing a riotous response in the audience.
30 decemberPhilippine Revolution-Nationalist José Rizal was executed by firing squad in Manila after Spanish authorities convicted him of rebellion, sedition, and conspiracy.
04 MayThe first edition of the Daily Mail newspaper was published in London.
27 MayCzar Nicholas II became the last emperor of Russia.
02 JuneG. Marconi applied for a patent in his name to radio, which was later accepted on July 2, 1897.
15 JuneThe tsunami that followed the earthquake killed about 22,000 people on Japan's Sanricu coast.
12 NovemberFamous ornithologist Salim Ali was born in Mumbai by the name of Hubbardman of India.
10 DecemberAlfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish chemist and founder of the Nobel Prize, died.
28 DecemberVande Mataram was sung for the first time at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.
18 JanuaryFor the first time the X ray machine was brought to the world.
29 JanuarySwami Pranabananda Maharaj, founder of Bharat Seva Ashram Sangh was born.
16 FebruaryThe famous poet, litterateur and writer of Hindi, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala was born.
21 FebruaryThe great poet and writer Suryakant Tripathi Nirala was born.
28 FebruaryVande Mataram was sung for the first time at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.
29 FebruaryFormer Prime Minister Morarji Desai was born, Morarji Desai was the sixth Prime Minister of India.
01 MarchAn experiment by scientist Honory Becquerel revealed what radioactivity is, for the first time.
25 MarchModern Olympic Games begin in Athens, the capital of Greece.


Famous birthdays in the year 1896:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
06 MayRolf Maximilian Sievert / Physicist / Sweden
07 AprilFrits Peutz / Architect / Netherlands
12 January David Wechsler / Author / United States of America
12 March Jesse Fuller / Writer / United States of America
15 DecemberBetty Smith / Author / United States of America
15 AugustCatherine Doherty / Activist / Canada
15 February Arthur Shields / Actor / Ireland
15 AugustPaul Outerbridge / Photographer / United States of America
16 AprilTristan Tzara / Poet / France
16 DecemberAnna Anderson / King / Russia
18 January Ville Ritola / Runner / United States of America
18 DecemberGerald Barry / Cricketer / United Kingdom
19 February André Breton / Poet / France
20 January George Burns / Actor / United States of America
23 OctoberLilyan Tashman / Actress / United States of America
27 DecemberCarl Zuckmayer / Author / Germany
28 JulyBarbara La Marr / Actress / United States of America
30 MayHoward Hawks / Producer / United States of America
31 January Sofya Yanovskaya / Mathematician / Russia
31 OctoberEthel Waters / Actress / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1896:

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