|January 14-17, 1893 - The United States Marines, under
direction of U.S. government minister John L. Stevens, but no authority
from the U.S. Congress, intervene in the affairs of the independent
Kingdom of Hawaii, which culminated in the overthrow of the government
of Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani.
May 1, 1893 - The 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition, held on 686 acres and known affectionately as the White City, opens to the public. The world's fair hosted fifty nations and twenty-six colonies. Known today as the architectural wonder that saw replication of the styles of its white buildings throughout the United States in many public buildings for years to come, as well as the public initiation to the Ferris Wheel, a behemoth construction that held up to 2,160 riders.
May 5, 1893 - The New York Stock Exchange collapses, starting the financial panic of 1893. It would lead to a four year period of depression.
September 16, 1893 - The fourth of five land runs in Oklahoma's dash, known as the Oklahoma Land Race or the Cherokee Strip Land Run, opened seven million acres of the Cherokee Strip. It was purchased from the Indian tribe for $7,000,000. Nearly 100,000 people gathered around the 42,000 claims that were available to the first person, with a certificate, to stake a claim.
October 30, 1893 - The Chicago World's Fair closes after 179 days of public admission and over 25 million in attendance. It cost $27,291,715 and included a moving sidewalk and the first sighting of picture postcards. Considered by many historians as the greatest national event in American history through the year 1900.
November 7, 1893 - Women in Colorado are granted the right to vote.
|April 14, 1894 - The first public showing of Thomas
kinetoscope motion picture is held. Edison had invented the process
seven years earlier.
April 29, 1894 - In a march of five hundred unemployed workers into Washington, D.C. that had begun on March 25 in Massillon, Ohio, leader James S. Coxey is arrested for treason.
May 11, 1894 - A wildcat strike of three thousand Pullman Palace Car Company factory workers occurs in Illinois.
September 7, 1894 - The fight between heavyweight boxing champ Gentleman Jim Corbett and Peter Courtney is caught on motion picture film by Thomas Edison at the Black Maria studio of his New Jersey laboratory.
December 27, 1894 - Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee is created to commemorate the field of the two day battle in April of 1862. It was one of the largest engagements between Union and Confederate forces in the western theatre of the U.S. Civil War.
|February 20, 1895 - Frederick Douglass, the ex-slave
who rose to
prominence in national politics as a civil rights advocate and
abolitionist during Civil War times died at his home in Washington, D.C.
September 3, 1895 - The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.
October 4, 1895 - The first United States Golf Open run by the USGA is held in Newport, Rhode Island. A thirty-six hole competition between ten professionals and one amateur, the winner was Englishman Horace Rawlins, who received prize money of $150.
November 5, 1895 - The first United States patent for the automobile, #549160, is granted to George B. Selden for his two stroke automobile engine.
November 25, 1895 - Oscar Hammerstein opens the first theatre, Olympia, in the Times Square section of New York City.
|April 15, 1897 - Oil is discovered in Indian territory
first time on land leased from the Osage tribe, leading to rapid
population growth near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
April 19, 1897 - The first Boston Marathon is run with fifteen runners, won by John McDermott.
April 27, 1897 - The tomb of Ulysses S. Grant is dedicated in New York City, twelve years after his death.
July 17, 1897 - The Klondike Gold Rush begins with the arrival of the first prospectors in Seattle. The Gold Rush would be chronicled beginning eight days later when Jack London sails to the Klondike and writes his tales.
September 1, 1897 - The era of the subway begins when the first underground public transportation in North America opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
|February 15, 1898 - The rallying cry, "Remember the
struck when the United States battleship Maine explodes and sinks under
unknown causes in Havana Harbor, Cuba, killing two hundred and sixteen
seamen. The sentiment becomes a rallying point during the coming
April 22, 1898 - The blockade of Cuba begins when the United States Navy aids independence forces within Cuba. Several days later, the U.S.A. declares war on Spain, backdating its declaration to April 20. On May 1, 1898, the United States Navy destroyed the Spanish fleet in the Philippines. On June 20, the U.S. would take Guam.
May 12, 1898 - San Juan, Puerto Rico is bombed by the American navy under the command of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson. Puerto Rico is overtaken by the United States between July 25 with its landing at Guanica Bay and August 12. These acts during the Spanish-American War would ultimately result in Spain deciding in December to cede lands, including Puerto Rico, to the United States.
July 7, 1898 - The United States annexes the independent republic of Hawaii.
December 10, 1898 - The Peace Treaty ending the Spanish-American War is signed in Paris. The Spanish government agrees to grant independence to Cuba and cede Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.
|February 4, 1899 - Filipino independence fighters under
Emilio Aguinaldo begin a guerrilla war after failing to gain a grant of
independence from the United States, which they had been fighting for
from Spain since 1896.
February 14, 1899 - The United States Congress approves the use of voting machines in federal elections.
March 2, 1899 - Mount Rainier National Park is established in Washington State.
March 28, 1899 – August Anheuser Busch, Jr., grandson of founder of the Anheuser-Busch brewery company, is born. Known for beginning use of Clydesale in company logo and for buying the St. Louis Cardinals. Also born this year are Al Capone, January 17, and Fred Astaire, May 10.
September 6, 1899 - The Open Door Policy with China is declared by Secretary of State John Hay and the U.S. government in an attempt to open international markets and retain the integrity of China as a nation.
Historic Travel Tip
History Historic Travel Tip
Don't forget the America the Beautiful Pass, at $80 for one year, the bargain of a lifetime for a family visiting the parks of the National Park Service.