1898 in History – What happened in year 1898

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

In history, year 1898 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 1898.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1898 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
13 januaryJ'accuse...!, an open letter by French writer Émile Zola toPresident Félix Faure of the French Republic, was published by theParisian newspaper L'Aurore, accusing the highest levels of the FrenchArmy in covering up the truth of the Dreyfus affair.
15 februaryThe United States Navy battleship USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana, Cuba, killing more than 260 people and precipitating the Spanish–American War.
01 mayThe American Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey defeated the Spanish Pacific Squadron under Admiral Patricio Montojo atthe Battle of Manila Bay, the first engagement of the Spanish–American War.
12 junePhilippine Declaration of Independence. It was proclaimed in Cavite II el Viejo present-day Kawit, Cavite, with the public reading of the Act of the Declaration of independence, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain.
21 juneThe Capture of Guam was a bloodless event between the United States and the Kingdom of Spain during the Spanish–American War. However, the Spanish garrison on the island had no knowledge of the war and no real defences. They surrendered without resistance and the island passed into American control. The event was the only conflict of the Spanish–American War on Guam.
21 juneIn a bloodless event during the Spanish–American War, theUnited States captured Guam from Spain.
03 julyIn one of the key naval engagements of the Spanish-American War, the United States Navy destroyed the Spanish Navy's Caribbean Squadron.
08 julyAmerican con artist and gangster Soapy Smith was killed inSkagway, Alaska, when an argument with fellow gang members turned intoan unexpected gunfight.
25 julySpanish–American War: After over two months of sea-based bombardment, the United States invaded Puerto Rico.
13 augustSpanish–American War-After a mock battle for Manila, theSpanish commander surrendered to the U.S. in order to keep the city outof Filipino rebel hands.
10 septemberIn an act of 'propaganda of the deed', Italian anarchist LuigiLucheni fatally stabbed Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Geneva,Switzerland.
18 octoberThe United States raises the American flag over San Juan, taking the formal possession of Island of Puerto Rico.
02 novemberOrganized cheerleading was born at the University of Minnesotawhen student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd attending an Americancollege football game to cheer on their team.
26 decemberAt the French Academy of Sciences, physicists Pierre and Marie Curie announced the discovery of a new element, naming radium.
30 SeptemberThe American city of New York was established.
09 DecemberBelur Math was established in Kolkata.
10 DecemberThe Spanish-American War ended after the Confederate Paris.
21 DecemberFrench scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
27 MarchSir Syed Ahmed Khan, who introduced modern education for the Muslims of India, died. He founded Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College which later became Aligarh Muslim University.
14 JanuaryJoey Darling hit his first six of the Test match.
01 FebruaryThe first insurance policy was issued to a passenger insurance company in the US.
22 AprilUS President McKinley Cuba ordered blockade of ports.
08 MayThe first game of the Italy Football League was played.
07 JuneThe Social Democracy Party of America held the first national conference in Chicago.
07 JulyThe United States annexed the island of Hawaii.
12 AugustSpanish-American War: American and Spanish Forces Abolished in Cuba.
02 SeptemberFor the first time machine guns were used in battle.
12 OctoberThe first city council was established in Matiur.
02 NovemberTheodore Herzl traveled to Jerusalem.
10 DecemberThe Treaty of Paris was signed and the Spanish-American War ended.


Famous birthdays in the year 1898:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 AprilHenry Luce / Publisher / United States of America
03 JulyStefanos Stefanopoulos / Politician / Greece
04 MayBlind Willie McTell / Singer / United States of America
04 MayElsie Eaves / Engineer / United States of America
05 MayElsie Eaves / Engineer / United States of America
05 March Zhou Enlai / Politician / China
09 JuneLuigi Fagioli / Racing Car Driver / Italy
09 February Jūkichi Yagi / Poet / Japan
12 NovemberLeon Štukelj / Gymnast / Slovenia
12 February Wallace Ford / Actor / United States of America
14 SeptemberErnest Nash / Scholar / Germany
14 OctoberThomas William Holmes / Sergeant / Canada
16 MayKenji Mizoguchi / Writer / Japan
17 JulyOsmond Borradaile / Soldier / Canada
17 JuneHarry Patch / Soldier / United Kingdom
18 February Luis Muñoz Marín / Politician / Puerto Rico
21 JuneDonald C. Peattie / Author / United States of America
22 January Sergei Eisenstein / Writer / Russia
23 MayScott O'Dell / Journalist / United States of America
23 January Randolph Scott / Actor / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1898:

YearName / Profession / Country
02 AprilHarindranath Chattopadhyay / Politician / India
05 DecemberJosh Malihabadi / Poet / India
11 AugustSadashiv Kanoji Patil / Politician / India
04 JulyGulzarilal Nanda / Politician / India
NA NAP.S. Kumaraswamy Raja / Politician / India
31 DecemberKrishna Ballabh Sahay / Politician / India
04 JulyGulzarilal Nanda / Politician / India
04 JulyGulzarilal Nanda / Politician / India
NA NADurba Banerjee / Social Worker / India
02 DecemberIndra Lal Roy / Pilot / India
04 JulyGulzarilal Nanda / Politician / India
25 NovemberDebaki Bose / Actor / India
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