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|( 1890s: ) 1897|
In the late 1890's. the British public is targeted by a well orchestrated propaganda campaign which tries to racket up the fear of a foreign invasion.
- January 8 – Lady Flora Shaw, future wife of Governor General Lord Lugard in a Newspaper contest, officially proposes the name "Nigeria," to be given to the British protectorate the Niger Coast Protectorate.
- February 16 – The French conquer the island of Raiatea and capture the rebel chief Teraupoo, ending the Leeward Islands War and bringing all of the Society Islands under their control.
- February 18 – Benin is put to the torch by the British Army's Benin Expedition. Ovonramwen, Oba of Benin, is exiled from his kingdom and the Benin Bronzes are carried off to London.
- February 27 – The French military governor of Madagascar, Joseph Gallieni, exiles Queen Ranavalona III to Réunion, abolishing the monarchy the next day.
- March 4 – William McKinley is sworn in as the 25th President of the United States.
- Yamaichi Securities founded in Japan, although a hundred years later, this securities company was closed and disbanded.
- May 14 (or May 15) – - The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee (Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee, WhK) is founded in Berlin as an LGBT campaigning organization, the first such in history.
- June 22 – The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria is celebrated in the United Kingdom. No other British monarch will celebrate such a jubilee until Elizabeth II in 2012.
- July 17 – The Klondike Gold Rush begins when the first successful prospectors arrive in Seattle.
- August 10 – At the Bayer pharmaceutical company, pharmacist Felix Hoffmann successfully synthesizes acetylsalicylic acid, after isolating a compound from a plant of the Spiraea family; the company markets it under the brand name "Aspirin".
- August 29 – The First Zionist Congress convenes in Basel, Switzerland.
- August 31 – Thomas Edison is granted a patent for the Kinetoscope, a precursor of the movie projector
- September 10 – Lattimer massacre: A sheriff's posse kills 19 unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania.
- September 20 – Greece and Turkey sign a peace treaty to end the Greco-Turkish War.
- October 2 – The first issue of the Australian radical paper Tocsin is published.
- October 5 – After a long siege, Brazilian government troops take Canudos in north Brazil, crushing Antônio Conselheiro and his followers.
- October 12 - The Joseon Kingdom becomes the Korean Empire, ending the Joseon era which has existed since 1392.
- December 14 – Pact of Biak-na-Bato: The Philippine Revolution is settled, with Spanish promises to reform.
- December 30 – Natal annexes Zululand.
|National University of La Plata||Public||Not to be confused with Buenos Aires University|
|World Zionist Organization|
|Bradley University||Midwestern private university|
|Title||Born||Died||Place of death||Summary|
|Henry George||2 September 1839||29 October 1897||New York||Author|
- Diarmuid Jeffreys, Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug (Bloomsbury, 2005) p70