Category Archives: 1890s

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)

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


Video: 'William Mckinley Inauguration (1897)'

(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)

McKinley decisively defeats Bryan in presidential election 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1896)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1896'

(Tuesday, November 3, 1896, during the 1896 presidential campaign) — Republican former Governor William McKinley of Ohio was elected President of the United States today over Democratic former Rep. William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska. Continue reading McKinley decisively defeats Bryan in presidential election 120 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1896)

William Jennings Bryan delivers ‘Cross of Gold’ speech at DNC in Chicago 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 9 1896)


Video: 'William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold Speech'

(Thursday, July 9, 1896, 2:00 p.m. local time) — Former Rep. William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska delivered his famous “Cross of Gold” speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention at Chicago Coliseum, in which he decried the gold standard, concluding, “you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” Continue reading William Jennings Bryan delivers ‘Cross of Gold’ speech at DNC in Chicago 120 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 9 1896)

U.S. Supreme Court upholds racial segregation 120 years ago today (May 18 1896)


Video: 'Plessy v. Ferguson'

(Monday, May 18, 1896) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, today upheld the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1 with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan.

The concept was renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.