What Happened in 1898

Significant Events

  • Apr 8 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • Apr 24 Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • May 1 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
  • May 19 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards though they had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901 and become known as "souvenir cards"
  • Jun 10 US Marines land in Cuba during Spanish-American War
  • Aug 9 Rudolf Diesel of Germany patents the diesel internal combustion engine
  • Sep 21 Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days' Reform in China, imprisoning the Guangxu Emperor
  • Dec 10 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • Dec 21 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”

On June 30, 1898

World Leaders in 1898

Famous People in 1898

Would You Believe?

Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

On August 8, 1898

Famous Weddings