Decades: 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s - 1890s - 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s
Years: 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 - 1896 - 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901
January 4 - Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state
January 5 - An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
January 12 - H.L. Smith takes the first X-ray photograph.
January 18 - The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
February 1 - The opera La Bohème premieres (Turin).
February 11 - Oscar Wilde's play Salomé premieres in Paris.
March 1 - With the Battle of Adowa, Ethiopia defended its independence from Italy. Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.
May 1 - Charles Tupper becomes Canada's sixth prime minister.
May 14 - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia crowned in Moscow, in the first coronation ever filmed. One thousand spectators crushed to death in Khodynskoe Fields during coronation celebrations.
May 18 - The U.S. Supreme Court announces its decision in the infamous case Plessy v. Ferguson.
July 9 - William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of gold speech.
July 11 - Wilfrid Laurier becomes Canada's seventh prime minister.
August 16 - George Carmack discovers gold in the Klondike.
November - William McKinley defeats William Jennings Bryan in the U.S. presidential election
Nepalese archaeologists rediscover the great stone pillar of Ashoka at Lumbini, using Fa Xian's records.
Art, Culture & Fashion
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1896 in sports
January 2 - Dziga Vertov, filmmaker
January 4 - Everett Dirksen, American politician (+ 1969)
January 12 - Rex Ingram, director and actor (+ 1950)
January 14 - Martin Niemöller, German theologian and pacifist (+ 1984)
January 14 - John Dos Passos, author (+ 1970)
January 23 - Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg
February 11 - Else Lasker-Schuler, writer
February 18 - André Breton, poet, principal theoretician of surrealism (+ 1966)
March 12 - Sir John Abbott, third Prime Minister of Canada
March 29 - Wilhelm Ackermann, mathematician
April 30 - Gary Davis, reverend
May 11 - Mari Sandoz, writer (+ 1966)
May 30 - Howard Hawks, director (+ 1977)
June 19 - Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
July 16 - Trygve Lie, the first United Nations Secretary General (+ 1968)
August 18 - Jack Pickford, actor, Hollywood's first "bad boy", (+ 1933)
August 30 - Raymond Massey, actor (+ 1983)
October 28 - Howard Hanson, composer
December 6 - Ira Gershwin, lyricist
December 14 - George VI Windsor, father of Elizabeth II
December 14 - Jimmy Doolittle, American World War II General.
December 24 - F Scott Fitzgerald, American writer.
January 8 - Paul Verlaine, lyric poet
May 20 - Clara Schumann, Austrian composer.
August 10 - Otto Lilienthal, aviation pioneer.
October 11 - Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer/
December 10 - Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prize.
December 30 - José Rizal, national hero of the Philippines\n