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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.
- February 28, 1897 – Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
- March 13, 1897 – San Diego State University is founded.
- May 19, 1897 – Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol Prison.
- July 11, 1897 – Salomon August Andrée leaves Spitsbergen to attempt to reach the North pole by balloon. He later crashes and dies.
- July 26, 1897 – Anglo-Afghan wars: The Pashtun fakir Saidullah leads an army of more than 10,000 to begin a siege of the British garrison in the Malakand Agency of the North West Frontier Province of India.
- 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.
- December 30, 1897 – The British Colony of Natal annexes Zululand.
Who Were Born On 1897?
- January 17, 1897 – Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
- January 23, 1897 – Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
- February 2, 1897 – Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
- March 16, 1897 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (d. 1970)
- March 17, 1897 – Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
- April 4, 1897 – Dina Manfredini, Italian supercentenarian living in the United States currently. She is the 2nd oldest living person in the world.
- May 14, 1897 – Sidney Bechet, American musician (d. 1959)
- October 6, 1897 – Florence Siebert, American medical researcher (d. 1991)
- November 17, 1897 – Frank Fay, American actor (d. 1961)
- November 22, 1897 – Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (d. 1989)