What Happened in 1899 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 144 of 144

  • Oct 9 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • Oct 9 South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum
  • Oct 10 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame
  • Oct 11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • Oct 12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain
  • Oct 13 7,000 layid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

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Oct 14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 15 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • Oct 17 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
  • Oct 20 Battle at Talana Hill, Natal: British army vs Boers
  • Oct 20 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • Oct 21 Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army)
  • Oct 22 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
  • Oct 24 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
  • Oct 30 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith
  • Oct 30 British Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown
  • Nov 2 Boers begin siege of Ladysmith, Natal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 3 James J Jeffries beats Tom Sharkey in 25 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Nov 11 Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London
  • Nov 12 British troops reach Durban Natal
  • Nov 15 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal
  • Nov 18 Trumper scores 208 in 185 mins (1 five 25 fours) NSW v Qld
  • Nov 22 -23] Battle at Willow Grange, Natal (British vs Boer army)
  • Nov 23 Battle at Belmont, Cape colony: general Methuen beats Farmers
  • Nov 25 Battle at Graspan, Cape colony: General Methuen beats Farmers
  • Nov 28 Battle of Mud River (Boer general Cronjé beats British gen Methuen)
  • Dec 2 US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
  • Dec 2 Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • Dec 4 56th Congress (1899-1901) convenes
  • Dec 4 Webb Hayes, son of US President Rutherford Hayes, receives medal of honor
  • Dec 9 Boer War: During Seige of Ladysmith, Boers storm King's Post and Caesar's Camp - driven back
  • Dec 10 -15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa
  • Dec 10 Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army
  • Dec 10 Frank Wedekind's "Der Kammersang" premieres in Berlin
  • Dec 10 The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is founded at the City College of New York.
  • Dec 12 1st case of plague on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Dec 12 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • Dec 15 Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
  • Dec 18 Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa
  • Dec 23 British Field Marshall Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War
  • Dec 23 Tentative Turkish & German treaty on construction of Baghdad railway
  • Dec 25 Farmers send/guide belegerd Ladysmith Kerstpudding/desire in grenade
  • Dec 26 Mafeking: Bathe-Powells failed assault up fort Game Tree: 24 killed
  • Dec 29 British fleet seizes German Imperial Mail Steamer Bundesrath accused of carrying contraband

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 342

  • Apr 16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)
  • Apr 17 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • Apr 19 George O'Brien, American actor (d. 1985)
  • Apr 21 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer
  • Apr 21 Randall Thompson, composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Martyn Green, actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England
  • Apr 23 Vladimir Nabokov, St Petersburg, Russia, novelist (Lolita, Ada)
  • Apr 24 Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 26 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, TX, actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail)

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Apr 27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel

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Apr 29 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Apr 29 Karl Yngve Skold, composer
  • Apr 29 Natalie Talmadge, actress (Our Hospitality)
  • Apr 30 Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal, author (regional novels)
  • Apr 30 Lucie Mannheim, actress (East Meets West, 39 Steps), born in Berlin, Germany
  • May 3 Aline MacMahon, McKeesport Pa, actress (Backdoor to Heaven)
  • May 5 Freeman Gosden, radio actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • May 6 Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • May 8 Jan F van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
  • May 8 [Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
  • May 8 Arthur Q. Bryan, American voice actor (d. 1959)
  • May 9 Edward Pollock, saxophone/clarinet

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May 10 Fred Astaire, tap dancer/actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • May 11 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Earle Combs, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • May 15 Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • May 17 Ralf Harolde, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 20 Estelle Taylor, Delaware, actress (8 Commandments)
  • May 20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 20 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • May 21 Ralph Sanford, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 24 Suzanne Lenglen, France, Wimbledon tennis champion (6-times)
  • May 24 Henri Michaux, French poet (d. 1984)
  • May 25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (d. 1976)
  • May 26 Otto E Neugebauer, Austrian/US math historian
  • May 26 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
  • May 26 Antonio Barrette, French Canadian politician (d. 1968)
  • May 31 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, born in Breslau (d. 1987)
  • May 31 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • Jun 1 Werner Janssen, conductor/composer (New Years Eve in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 1 Edward Charles Titchmarsh, English mathematician (d. 1963)
  • Jun 2 Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Jun 3 Georg von Bekesy, Budapest Hungary, physician (Nobel-1961)
  • Jun 4 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • Jun 4 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Bowen, novelist (Death of the Heart, Encounters), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 8 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (d. 1977)

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jun 10 Raoul Salan, Fr/Indochina/Algeria (leader OAS)
  • Jun 11 George Frederick McKay, composer
  • Jun 11 Yasonari Kawabata, Japan, novelist (Thousand Cranes)
  • Jun 13 Carlos Chavez, Mexico City, conductor/composer (Sinfonia India)
  • Jun 14 Kawabata Yasunari, Zen writer (Nobel Literature 1968)
  • Jun 16 Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)
  • Jun 16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Jun 18 James Ralph Darling, teacher
  • Jun 19 George Calinescu, Romania, literature (Enigma Otilei)
  • Jun 20 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer
  • Jun 20 Jean Moulin, hero of the French Resistance (WW II)
  • Jun 21 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer killed during the Holocaust, born in Brno (d. 1944)
  • Jun 22 Dorothy Devore, actress (Narrow Street, Senior Daredevil), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 22 Michal Kalecki, Polish economist
  • Jun 23 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, composer
  • Jun 24 Bruce Marshall, writer
  • Jun 24 Chief Dan George, actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man. Smith!)
  • Jun 25 Arthur Tracy, Kamenets-Podolsky Russia, street singer (Vincent Lopez Show, Limelight)
  • Jun 26 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
  • Jun 27 Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur (d. 1981)
  • Jun 30 Frantisek Tomasek, bishop of Prague/cardinal
  • Jun 30 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], Hillsboro, Texas, American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse)
  • Jul 1 Cavan O'Connor, singer
  • Jul 1 Charles Laughton, England, actor (Mutiny on Bounty, Spartacus)
  • Jul 1 Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr, fictional character "Indiana Jones"
  • Jul 1 Konstantinos Tsatsos Greek politician and president (1975-1980)
  • Jul 3 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, composer
  • Jul 3 Otto Reinhold, composer
  • Jul 5 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, social activist (NYC cabinet)
  • Jul 5 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, composer
  • Jul 5 Marcel Achard, French screen/playwright (Jean de la Lune)
  • Jul 7 George Cukor, producer/director (Adam's Rib, Philadelphia Story)
  • Jul 8 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • Jul 10 John Gilbert, American actor (d. 1936)
  • Jul 10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (d. 1978)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 11 E. B. White, American writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1985)

Writer E. B. White
E. B. White
  • Jul 15 Seán Lemass, Irish leader (d. 1971)
  • Jul 16 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY)

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Jul 17 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in New York City

  • Jul 18 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman)
  • Jul 19 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN)/Editor (The Truth)

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Jul 21 Ernest Hemingway, American author ('for whom the bell tolled... ', Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

  • Jul 21 Hart Crane, US, poet (Bridge)
  • Jul 23 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany
  • Jul 24 Chief Dan George, actor (Little Big Man)
  • Jul 25 Arthur Lubin, film director
  • Jul 25 Ralph Dumke, Indiana, actor (Movieland Quiz)
  • Jul 26 Carel C van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Italian & Roman art)
  • Jul 26 Danton Walker, Mariette Ga, columnist (Broadway Spotlight)
  • Jul 27 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket left-arm bowler (20's)
  • Jul 29 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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