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1897 Historical Event(s)
- January 23, 1897 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.
- March 13, 1897 – San Diego State University is founded.
- April 17, 1897 – The Aurora, Texas UFO incident
- May 19, 1897 – Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol Prison.
- June 16, 1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
- August 30, 1897 – The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
- September 11, 1897 – After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.
- September 21, 1897 – The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial is published in the New York Sun.
- November 1, 1897 – The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public. The Library had been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol.
- December 30, 1897 – The British Colony of Natal annexes Zululand.
Who Were Born On 1897?
- March 16, 1897 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (d. 1970)
- March 28, 1897 – Sepp Herberger, German football coach (d. 1977)
- April 3, 1897 – Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek officer who served in World War I, the Minor Asia Campaign and World War II (d. 1989)
- April 23, 1897 – Lester B. Pearson, fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1972)
- May 14, 1897 – Sidney Bechet, American musician (d. 1959)
- June 12, 1897 – Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1977)
- July 20, 1897 – Tadeus Reichstein, Polish-born chemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (d. 1996)
- September 5, 1897 – Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (d. 1980)
- October 11, 1897 – Nathan Twining, USAF general (d. 1982)
- December 11, 1897 – Ronald Skirth, conscientious objector of the First World War (d. 1977)