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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.
- May 19, 1897 – Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol Prison.
- May 22, 1897 – The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
- May 26, 1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
- 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.
- June 22, 1897 – British colonial officers Charles Walter Rand and Lt. Charles Egerton Ayerst are assassinated in Pune, Maharashtra, India by the Chapekar brothers and Mahadeo Vinayak Ranade, who are later caught and hanged.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 30, 1897 – The British Colony of Natal annexes Zululand.
Who Were Born On 1897?
- March 25, 1897 – John Laurie, Scottish actor (d. 1980)
- April 24, 1897 – Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
- April 30, 1897 – Humberto Mauro, Brazilian director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
- May 6, 1897 – Paul Alverdes, German writer (d. 1979)
- May 27, 1897 – John Cockcroft, British physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
- May 29, 1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian composer (d. 1957)
- June 19, 1897 – Moe Howard, American actor (d. 1975)
- August 24, 1897 – Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
- November 19, 1897 – Quentin Roosevelt, son of United States President Theodore Roosevelt (d. 1918)
- December 14, 1897 – Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (d. 1995)