1896 events in history

Jan 4 Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state
Jan 5 An Austrian newspaper reports that Wilhelm Röntgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays
Jan 16 Defeat of Cymru Fydd at South Wales Liberal Federation AGM, Newport, Monmouthshire
Jan 18 An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H.L. Smith
Jan 28 Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent becomes the first person to be convicted of speeding. He was fined 1 shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thus exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h)
Feb 23 The Tootsie Roll is invented
Mar 1 Battle of Adowa: an Ethiopian army defeats an outnumbered Italian force, ending the First Italo-Ethiopian War
Mar 1 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity
Mar 9 Prime Minister Francesco Crispi resigns following the Italian defeat at the Battle of Adowa
Mar 24 A. S. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history
Apr 6 In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I
Apr 15 Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece
May 18 The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine is constitutional
May 18 Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people
May 20 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others
May 26 Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
May 26 Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia
May 27 The F4-strength St. Louis-East St. Louis Tornado hits in St. Louis, Missouri, and East Saint Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damage (1997 USD)
Jun 2 Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his newest invention, the radio
Jun 4 Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run
Jun 15 The deadliest tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people
Jun 28 An explosion in the Newton Coal Company's Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston City, Pennsylvania results in a massive cave-in that kills 58 miners
Jul 9 William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetallism at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
Jul 17 Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Indian sage, at age 16, spontaneously initiates a process of self-enquiry that culminates within a few minutes in his own permanent awakening
Jul 28 The city of Miami, Florida is incorporated
Aug 16 Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush
Aug 17 Bridget Driscoll is run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the UK's first pedestrian motoring fatality
Aug 23 Officially recognised date of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the start of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila (actual date and location is disputed)
Aug 27 Anglo-Zanzibar War: The shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45), between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar
Aug 30 Philippine Revolution: After Spanish victory in the Battle of San Juan del Monte, eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor-General Ramón Blanco y Erenas
Sep 21 Mahdist War: British forces under the command of Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan
Sep 22 Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history
Nov 1 A picture showing the bare breasts of a woman appears in National Geographic magazine for the first time
Nov 17 The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, which later became the first ice hockey league to openly trade and hire players, began play at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park Casino
Dec 10 Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi premieres in Paris. A riot breaks out at the end of the performance
Dec 14 The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company
Dec 17 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Schenley Park Casino, which was the first multi-purpose arena with the technology to create an artificial ice surface in North America, is destroyed in a fire
Dec 30 Filipino patriot and reform advocate José Rizal is executed by a Spanish firing squad in Manila, Philippines
Dec 30 Canadian ice hockey player Ernie McLea scores the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play, and the Cup-winning goal as the Montreal Victorias defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 6–5