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1896 ( was a MDCCCXCVI) leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1896th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 896th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 96th year of the 19th century, and the 7th year of the 1890s decade. As of the start of 1896, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
January 2 – The Jameson Raid comes to an end, as Jameson surrenders to the Boers. 
January 4 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
January 5 – An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.
January 6 – Cecil Rhodes is forced to resign as Prime Minister of the Cape of Good Hope for his involvement in the Jameson Raid.
January 7 – Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook.
January 12 – H. L. Smith takes the first X-ray photograph.
January 17 – Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War: British redcoats enter the Ashanti capital, Kumasi, and Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I is deposed.  
January 18 – The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
January 28 – Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, Kent, England, is fined 1 shilling for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h) (exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h)), the first speeding fine.
February 1 – Puccini's opera premieres in La bohème Turin, Italy.
February 4 – International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers is established in Pittsburgh.
February 11 – Oscar Wilde's play premieres in Paris. Salomé
February 19 – Braamfontein Explosion: A train carrying 56 tons of dynamite explodes at Braamfontein, Johannesburg, killing more than 78 people. 
March 1 – Battle of Adwa: Ethiopia defends its independence from Italy, ending the First Italo-Ethiopian War.
March 3 – Publication begins of the world's first magazine with an orientation to male homosexuality, , by Der Eigene Adolf Brand in Berlin.
March 9 – Responding to national outrage at the defeat at Adwa, Italian Prime Minister Francesco Crispi resigns.
March 23 – The New York State Legislature passes the Raines law, restricting Sunday alcoholic beverage sales to hotels. April–June
April – The first study of the sensitivity of global climate to atmospheric carbon dioxide is published. Svante Arrhenius presents his findings in his paper, "On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground", the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, as an extract of a paper that had been presented to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on December 11, 1895.
April 3 – The first edition of the Italian sports newspaper is published. La Gazzetta dello Sport
April 4 – The first known women's basketball game between two colleges is played between Stanford and California.
April 6 – The opening ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics, the first modern Olympic Games, are held in Athens.
April 9 – The National Farm School (later Delaware Valley College) is chartered in Doylestown, Pa.
May 8 – Cricket: Against Warwickshire, Yorkshire sets a still-standing County Championship record when they accumulate an innings total of 887.
May 13 – The Franchise Bill is passed by the Colony of Natal's Legislative Assembly, disfranchising natives of other countries.
May 18 – : The Plessy v. Ferguson U.S. Supreme Court introduces the " separate but equal" doctrine and upholds racial segregation.
May 26 – Eleven years after its foundation, a group of 12 purely industrial stocks were chosen to form the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The index was composed entirely of industrial shares for the first time. 
May 27 – St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado: The costliest and third deadliest tornado in U.S. history levels a mile wide swath of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, incurring US$2.9 billion (1997 USD) in normalized damages, killing more than 255 and injuring over 1,000 people.
June 4 – The Ford Quadricycle, the first Ford vehicle ever developed, is completed, eventually leading Henry Ford to build the empire that "put America on wheels".
June 7 – Mahdist War: British and Egyptian victory at the Battle of Ferkeh.
June 12 – J. T. Hearne sets a record for the earliest date of taking 100 wickets in cricket (it is equalled by Charlie Parker in 1931).
June 15 – The 1896 Sanriku earthquake and tsunami in Japan kills 27,000. July–September
July 9 – William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention, which nominates him for President of the United States.
July 11 – Wilfrid Laurier becomes Canada's seventh prime minister and the first French-speaker to hold that office.
July 21 – In Washington, D.C., in response to a "call to confer" issued by Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin to all women of color, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs is organized.
July 26 – International Socialist Workers and Trade Union Congress opens in London.
July 27 – A causeway is opened between the islands of Saaremaa and Muhu in Estonia.
July 30 – Atlantic City rail crash: Shortly after 6:30 pm, at a crossing just west of Atlantic City, New Jersey, two trains collide, crushing five loaded passenger coaches, killing fifty and seriously injuring approximately sixty. August –
1896 Eastern North America heat wave.
August 14 – The Uganda Railway Act, 1896, is approved in the United Kingdom, for construction of a railway in Africa from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.  
August 16 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in the Klondike, Yukon.
August 17 – Bridget Driscoll is run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the world's first motoring fatality.
August 23 – The Cry of Pugad Lawin initiates the Philippine Revolution.
September 2 – Clarkson University holds its first classes, with 17 students attending in Potsdam, New York. 
September 15 – The Crash at Crush train wreck stunt is held in Texas.
September 22 – Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
September 30 – Italy and France sign a treaty whereby Italy virtually recognizes Tunisia as a French dependency.  October–December
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October 1 – Gottlieb Daimler builds first worldwide gasoline truck.
October 2 – Victorian Football League established as Aussie rules football in Australia. (a predecessor for Australian Football League)
October 16 – The design of the Flag of Knoxville, Tennessee is officially approved by Knoxville City Council.
October 30 – Augusta, Kentucky: The Augusta High School cornerstone is laid, marking the end of the Augusta Methodist College.
November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1896: Republican William McKinley defeats William Jennings Bryan. The event is viewed by some as a realigning election for the United States Republican Party
November 27 – Also sprach Zarathustra (Strauss) is first performed in Frankfurt.
December 1 – Archaeologist Alois Anton Führer, Nepalese General Khadga Samsher Rana, and an expedition rediscover the great stone pillar of Ashoka at Lumbini, traditionally the spot of the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, after using Faxian's records. 
December 10 – The premiere of Alfred Jarry's absurdist play in Paris causes a near-riot. Ubu Roi
December 14 – The Glasgow Subway, the third-oldest underground metro system in the world, opens.
December 25 – John Philip Sousa composes his magnum opus, . The Stars and Stripes Forever
December 30 – José Rizal, Filipino scholar and poet, is executed by Spanish authorities in the Philippines. Date unknown Births January–February
January 2 – Dziga Vertov, Russian filmmaker (d. 1954)
January 14 – John Dos Passos, American author (d. 1970)
January 18 – C. M. Eddy, Jr., American author (d. 1967)
January 20 – George Burns, American actor and comedian (d. 1996)
January 21 – J. Carrol Naish, American character actor (d. 1973)
January 23 – Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 1985)
January 26 – József Kiss, Austro-Hungarian fighter pilot (d. 1918)
January 31 – Olive Carey, American actress (d. 1988)
February 2 – Ramón Franco, Spanish aviation pioneer (d. 1938)
February 4 – Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
February 16 – Eugénie Blanchard, French supercentenarian (d. 2010)
February 19 – André Breton, French writer (d. 1966)
February 23 – Herbert Weichmann, German politician and mayor of Hamburg (d. 1983)
February 25 – Heinrich Gontermann, German World War I fighter ace (d. 1917)
February 28 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1965)
May 2 – Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania (d. 1982)
May 3 – Karl Allmenröder, German World War I fighter pilot (d. 1917)
May 5 – Kaju Sugiura, Japanese admiral (d. 1945)
May 6 – Rolf Maximilian Sievert, Swedish medical physicist (d. 1966)
May 7 – John Dunville, British Army officer in World War I (d. 1917)
May 19 – Jorge Alessandri, 27th President of Chile (d. 1986)
May 30 – Howard Hawks, American director (d. 1977)
June 18 – Philip Barry, American playwright (d. 1949)
June 19 – Wallis Simpson, American-born Duchess of Windsor (d. 1986)
June 23 – Francisco Malabo Beosá, Equatoguinean royalt (d. 2001)
July 2 – Quirino Cristiani, Argentine animated film director (d. 1984)
July 5 – Thomas Playford IV, South Australian politician (d. 1981)
July 8 – James B. Wilson, American football player and coach (d. 1986)
July 9 – Maria Gomes Valentim, Brazilian supercentenarian (d. 2011)
July 10 – Maurice Zbriger, Canadian violinist, composer and conductor (d. 1981)
July 20 – Ellen Louise Mertz, Denmark's first female geologist (d. 1987)
July 27 – Henri Longchambon, French politician (d. 1969)
August 12 – Ejner Federspiel, Danish actor (d. 1981)
August 13 – Rudolf Schmundt, German general (d. 1944)
August 14 – Albert Ball, British World War I fighter ace, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1917)
August 18 – Jack Pickford, Canadian-born American actor, film director, and producer (d. 1933)
August 22 – W. E. Lawrence, American actor (d. 1947)
August 26 – Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian; last known surviving person born in 1896 (d. 2012)
August 27 – Léon Theremin, Russian inventor (d. 1993)
August 30 – Raymond Massey, Canadian-born American actor (d. 1983) September–October
September 1 – A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian religious leader, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (d. 1977)
September 4 – Antonin Artaud, French stage actor and director (d. 1948)
September 10 – Adele Astaire, American dancer (d. 1981)
September 14 – Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica, Mexican Franciscan friar, tenor and film actor (d. 1974)
September 15 – Robert B. McClure, American general (d. 1973)
September 21 – Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian; last known surviving male born in 1896 (d. 2011)
September 22 – Uri Zvi Greenberg, Israeli poet and journalist (d. 1981)
September 24 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (d. 1940)
September 25 – Sandro Pertini, President of Italy (d. 1990)
September 30 – Jolie Gabor, Hungarian-American entrepreneur, jeweler and memoirist (d. 1997)
October 1 – Abraham Sofaer, Burmese-born actor (d. 1988)
October 3 – Auvergne Doherty, Australian businesswoman (d. 1961)
October 7 – Paulino Alcántara, Filipino-Spanish soccer player (d. 1964)
October 12 – Eugenio Montale, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
October 14 – Bud Flanagan, British entertainer and comedian (d. 1968)
October 27 – Edith Haisman, RMS Titanic survivor (d. 1997)
October 28 – Howard Hanson, American composer (d. 1981)
October 30 – Ruth Gordon, American actress, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 1985)
October 31 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977) November–December
November 13 – Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1987)
November 14 – Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (d. 1979)
November 15 – Giovanni Ancillotto, Italian World War I flying ace (d. 1924)
November 17 – Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (d. 1934)
November 23 – Klement Gottwald, Czechoslovak communist politician (d. 1953)
November 26 – Manuel A. Odría, 79th President of Peru (d. 1974)
November 28 – Lilia Skala, Austrian-American actress (d. 1994)
December 1 – Georgi Zhukov, Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union (d. 1974)
December 5 – Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1984)
December 6 – Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (d. 1983)
December 8 – Christl Mardayn, German actress (d. 1976)
December 14 – Jimmy Doolittle, American aviation pioneer and World War II United States Army Air Forces general (d. 1993)
December 15 – Miles Dempsey, British general (d. 1969)
December 16 – Anna Anderson, pretender to the Russian throne (d. 1984)
December 17 – Robert Francis Anthony Studds, American admiral and engineer, fourth Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (d. 1962)
December 23 – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian writer (d. 1957)
December 27 –
December 28 – Roger Sessions, American composer (d. 1985) Date unknown Deaths January–June
January 4 – Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German Old Catholic bishop (b. 1821)
January 6 – Thomas W. Knox, American author and journalist (b. 1835)
January 8 – Paul Verlaine, French lyric poet (b. 1844)
January 15 – Mathew Brady, American photographer (b. 1822)
January 18 – Charles Floquet, Prime Minister of France (b. 1828)
January 20 – Prince Henry of Battenberg, British royal, married to Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (b. 1858)
February 7 – William Hayden English, American politician (b. 1822)
February 25 – Joseph P. Fyffe, American admiral (b. 1832)
March 10 – Charilaos Trikoupis, 7-time Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1832)
April 9 – Gustav Koerner, German-American statesman (b. 1809)
May 1 – Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Shah of Persia, King of Herat (b. 1831)
May 7 – Herman Webster Mudgett, alias H. H. Holmes, American serial killer (executed) (b. 1861)
May 10 – Antti Ahlström, Finnish industrialist and founder of Ahlstrom (b. 1827)
May 17 – Muhammad Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait (b. 1831)
May 18 – Daniel Pollen, 9th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1813)
May 19 – Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, father of Archduke Ferdinand (b. 1833)
May 20 – Clara Schumann, German composer and pianist (b. 1819)
May 24 – Luigi Federico Menabrea, Italian soldier and statesman (b. 1809)
June 12 – Thomas P. Leathers, American steamboat captain (b. 1816) July–December
July 1 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (b. 1811)
July 4 – Marcelo H. del Pilar, Filipino writer and journalist (b. 1850)
July 7 – Charles Thomas Wooldridge, hanged at Reading Gaol and commemorated by Oscar Wilde (b. 1866)
July 13 – August Kekulé, German chemist (b. 1829)
July 16 – Edmond de Goncourt, French writer and co-founder of the Académie Goncourt (b. 1822)
July 19 – Abraham H. Cannon, American Mormon apostle (b. 1859)
August 10 – Otto Lilienthal, German aviation pioneer (b. 1848)
August 13 – John Everett Millais, British Pre-Raphaelite painter (b. 1829)
August 17 – Bridget Driscoll, early British automobile fatality (b. c. 1852)
August 18 – Richard Avenarius, German-Swiss philosopher (b. 1843)
August 25 – Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini of Zanzibar (b. 1857)
September 18 – Hippolyte Fizeau, French physicist (b. 1819)
September 22 – Pavlos Kalligas, Greek jurist and politician (b. 1814)
September 24 – Louis Gerhard De Geer, 1st Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1818)
October 8 – George du Maurier, French-born British cartoonist and writer (b. 1834)
October 12 – Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1817)
October 21 – James Henry Greathead, British engineer and inventor (b. 1844)
October 23 – Columbus Delano, American statesman (b. 1809)
October 30 – Carol Benesch, Silesian and Romanian architect (b. 1822)
November 12 – Joseph James Cheeseman, Liberian politician, 12th President of Liberia (b. 1843)
November 16 – Josip Šokčević, Croatian viceroy (b. 1811)
November 22 – George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris wheel (b. 1859)
December 10 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prize (b. 1833)
December 29 – Jacob ben Moses Bachrach, noted apologist of Rabbinic Judaism (b. 1824)
December 30 – José Rizal, national hero of the Philippines (b. 1861) References
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