- Jan 24 Rubber heel for boots or shoes patented by American Humphrey O'Sullivan
- Mar 6 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
- Oct 10 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame
- Oct 30 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith
The first known use of the word automobile, was seen in an editorial in The New York Times.
On January 3, 1899