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. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [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)
  • 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
  • Aug 16 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack
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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?

The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others

On May 20, 1896

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