1899 events in history

Jan 1 Spanish rule ends in Cuba
Jan 12 Thirteen crew members and five apprentices are rescued from the stricken schooner Forest Hall by the Lynmouth Lifeboat when the former founders off the coast of Devon
Jan 17 The United States takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean
Jan 19 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is formed
Jan 21 Opel manufactures its first automobile
Jan 22 Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation
Jan 23 The Malolos Constitution is inaugurated, establishing the First Philippine Republic
Jan 23 Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic
Feb 2 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne
Feb 4 The Philippine–American War begins with the Battle of Manila
Feb 6 Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate
Feb 14 Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections
Feb 16 Iceland's first football club, Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, is founded
Feb 22 Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna launch counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine–American War. The Filipinos fail to regain Manila from the Americans
Mar 4 Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 metres (39 ft) wave that reaches up to 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) inland, killing over 300
Mar 6 Bayer registers "Aspirin" as a trademark
Mar 27 Emilio Aguinaldo leads Filipino forces for the only time during the Philippine–American War at the Battle of Marilao River
Mar 30 German Society of Chemistry issues an invitation to other national scientific organizations to appoint delegates to the International Committee on Atomic Weights
Mar 31 Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, was captured by American forces
Apr 18 The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria
May 8 The Irish Literary Theatre in Dublin produced its first play
May 20 The first traffic ticket in the US: New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street
May 30 Pearl Hart, a female outlaw of the Old West, robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona
Jun 7 American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas
Jun 12 New Richmond Tornado: the eighth deadliest tornado in U.S. history kills 117 people and injures around 200
Jun 27 A. E. J. Collins scores 628 runs not out, the highest-ever recorded score in cricket
Jul 17 NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital
Jul 29 The First Hague Convention is signed
Aug 10 The Norwegian football club Viking FK is founded
Sep 13 Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident
Sep 13 Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199 m – 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya
Sep 23 American Asiatic Squadron destroys a Filipino battery at the Battle of Olongapo
Oct 11 The Western League is renamed the American League
Oct 11 Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts
Nov 2 The Boers begin their 118 day siege of British-held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War
Nov 28 The Second Boer War: a British column is engaged by Boer forces at the Battle of Modder River; although the Boers withdraw, the British suffer heavy casualties
Nov 29 FC Barcelona Association football club is founded
Dec 2 Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought
Dec 10 Delta Sigma Phi fraternity is founded at the City College of New York