What Happened in 1899

Significant Events

  • 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 30 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith
More Historical Events

1899 in Sport

  • Jun 3 W. G. Grace's last day of Test cricket aged 50 yrs 320 days
  • Oct 10 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame

World Leaders in 1899

Famous People in 1899

Would You Believe?

1st known use of the word "automobile", appears in an editorial in The New York Times

On January 3, 1899

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 10 Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California
  • Aug 24 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess
  • Nov 9 US Admiral of the Navy George Dewey (61) weds Mildred McLean Hazen at the rectory St. Paul's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.