Category Archives: 1890s

Spanish-American War hostilities ends 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 12 1898)


Video: 'The Spanish American War | History Channel Documentary' (war ends at 34:45)

(Friday, August 12, 1898, 4:23 p.m. localar time; during the Spanish–American War) — The Spanish-American War effectively today with the signing in Washington of a Protocol of Peace between the United States and Spain. Continue reading Spanish-American War hostilities ends 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 12 1898)

U.S. destroys Spanish Pacific fleet at Manila Bay 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 1 1898)


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(Sunday, May 1, 1898, 5:41 a.m. local time; during the Battle of Manila Bay, part of the Spanish-American War) — Commodore George Dewey gave the command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,” today as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron today in Manila Bay. Continue reading U.S. destroys Spanish Pacific fleet at Manila Bay 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 1 1898)

U.S. declares war on Spain 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 25 1898)


Video: 'The Spanish American War | History Channel Documentary' (Congress declares war at 34:40)

(Monday, April 25, 1898 6:18 p.m. local time; during the Spanish–American War) — President William McKinley signed a bill tonight at the White House declaring that a state of war between the U.S. and Spain had existed since Apr. 21, 1898, the day the U.S. Navy began a blockade of Cuba. Continue reading U.S. declares war on Spain 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 25 1898)

President McKinley signs ultimatum to Spain 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 20 1898)


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(Wednesday, April 20, 1898, 11:24 a.m. local time) — The United States moved closer to war with Spain today as President William McKinley signed a joint Congressional resolution demanding Spanish withdrawal and authorizing the President to use military force to help Cuba gain independence. Continue reading President McKinley signs ultimatum to Spain 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 20 1898)

U.S. Supreme Court upholds birthright citizenship 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 28 1898)


Video: 'The fight for birthright citizenship in America | CONSTITUTIONAL | The Washington Post'

(Monday, March 28, 1898) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 today that Wong Kim Ark, who was born in San Francisco in 1873 to Chinese immigrants, was an American citizen. Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court upholds birthright citizenship 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 28 1898)

USS Maine explodes, sinks in Havana Harbor 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 15 1898)


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(Tuesday, February 15, 1898, 9:40 p.m. Cuba Standard Time) — The U.S. battleship Maine, sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, blew up suddenly, without warning, and sank quickly tonight in Havana Harbor in Havana, Cuba, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain. Continue reading USS Maine explodes, sinks in Havana Harbor 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 15 1898)

Mark Twain: ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’ 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 2 1897)

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(Wednesday, June 2, 1897) — American writer Mark Twain, 61, was quoted today by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” Continue reading Mark Twain: ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’ 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 2 1897)

Gothic horror novel ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker published in London 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1897)


Video: '26th May 1897: Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula is published'

(Wednesday, May 26, 1897)Dracula, a Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, was published today in London by Archibald Constable and Company. Continue reading Gothic horror novel ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker published in London 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1897)

Theodore Roosevelt becomes Assistant Secretary of the Navy 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 19 1897)

(Monday, April 19, 1897)Theodore Roosevelt, the 38-year-old newly appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley, arrived in Washington today and qualified in his new office.

McKinley inaugurated as 25th U.S. President, Hobart as 24th VP 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1897)


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(Thursday, March 4, 1897, at about 1:30 p.m. local time) — Former Governor William McKinley of Ohio was inaugurated today as the 25th President of the United States in front of original Senate Wing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administering oath of office. Continue reading McKinley inaugurated as 25th U.S. President, Hobart as 24th VP 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1897)