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 19 US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labelled "Private Mailing Cards" until 1901, known as "souvenir cards"
  • Jun 10 US Marines land in Cuba during Spanish-American War
  • Aug 9 Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel 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

1898 in Sport

  • Jan 14 Australian cricketer Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)

Did You Know?

Swami Vivekananda initiates Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) into vow of Brahmacharya, first western woman received into Indian monastic order

On March 25, 1898


World Leaders in 1898

Famous People in 1898

Would You Believe?

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

On June 30, 1898

Famous Weddings