What Happened in 1896

Significant Events

  • Jan 1 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays
  • Jan 29 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
  • Apr 6 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece, American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history [3/25 OS]
  • Apr 15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • May 18 Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of 1,389 people
  • May 26 Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • May 30 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • Jun 2 Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
  • Jun 15 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed
  • Jul 26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
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Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS]

On March 10, 1896


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Would You Believe?

Britain defeated Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM). Shortest recorded war in history.

On August 27, 1896

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