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Year 1896 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • May 26 Dow Jones index begins with an average of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)
  • May 30 Khodynka Tragedy: Stampeding crowd on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities for coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of about 1,300 people
  • Jun 2 Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for the first ever patent for a system of wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom
  • Jun 15 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed
  • Aug 16 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek in the Yukon, Canada by George Carmack
  • Nov 14 Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation
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