Take a look at what was
happening in 1897.
-William McKinley was the US President and the
US Population 76 Million.
-The United States annexes the Hawaiian Islands.
-The Klondike Gold Rush begins when the first successful
prospectors arrive in Seattle.
-The Library of Congress is completed.
-Campbell's Preserve Company condensed soup
and produces Campbell's
-Grape Nuts is introduced as a health food by C.W. Post.
-Jell-O is created in Le Roy, New York, near Rochester,
by cough-syrup manufacturer Pearl B. Wait.
-J. M. Smucker Company has its beginnings at Orrville,
-Tennessee distiller Jack Daniel begins bottling his whiskey
in square bottles to distinguish it from other brands.
-Total U.S. auto production rises to 100 vehicles, up from
25 the previous year.
-American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) erects the
first telephone poles.
-Trolley service begins across New York's
14-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
-The Swiss Army Knife is patented on June 12 as an officer's knife
with a red fiber case that encloses blades of various sizes
and a corkscrew.
-The Boston Subway is opened, becoming the first underground
metro in the United States.
first edition of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula is
-The Invisible Man and The Platiner Story (short
stories) by H. G. Wells are published.
-The first Boston Marathon held on April 19.
-John Peter "Honus" Wagner, 23, joins the National League's
Louisville team to begin a notable career in baseball. The
Pennsylvania-born "Flying Dutchman" will lead the league five
times in stolen bases, accumulate a total of 722 stolen bases,
and have a lifetime batting average of .329.
-The Cheyenne Rodeo July begins an annual Wyoming tradition.
-The world heavyweight boxing title changes hands March 17 in
the 14th round of a match held at Carson City, Nevada.
English-born New Zealander Robert Prometheus "Bob"
Fitzsimmons, 34, knocks out champion James J. Corbett with a
"solar plexus" punch".