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January
    German Kaiser, Wilhelm II German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, proclaims his intention to build up the German navy so that "the German Empire may also be in a position to win the place it has not yet attained."

    Russia's Minister of Finance announced that Russia's gold reserve was diminished over the last year by more than 24 million rubles.

    V.I. Lenin emigrates to Switzerland and begins a five-year exile from Russia.

    Sioux Indian Chief Spotted Tail dies in Paris. He was one of the best known of the war chiefs of the Sioux tribe. He played a considerable role in the Native American uprisings of 1876, which led to the massacre of General Custer and his troops.

    Great Britain establishes the British Protectorate of Northern Nigeria. Sir F.D. Lugard is named High Commissioner.


February
    The boxing world mourns the death, in London, of the Marquis of Queensbury, the author of the rules under which professional boxing matches are conducted.

    In Britain, the Labour Party is founded.


March
    Minnesota state agricultural officials predict a record grain harvest, exceeding that of Great Britain and Ireland, combined.

    In Paris, bombs are thrown into the home of M. Alfred Picard, Commissioner-General of the Paris Exposition, which is about to begin.


April
    Queen Victoria Enthusiastic crowds greet Queen Victoria as she visits Dublin, Ireland.

    An attempt is made on the life of the Prince of Wales during his visit to Brussels. A sixteen-year-old boy, who claimed to be avenging the "thousands slaughtered in South Africa," is arrested after firing two shots at the Prince. Both shots missed.

    France makes strides toward linking all its possessions in Africa by defeating Rabah Zubayr in the Battle at Kusseri, thereby gaining control of the Baguirmi Kingdom. France already controls Algeria, West Africa, and the French Congo.

    The Chinese government is issued an ultimatum by France, Germany, Britain, and the US to suppress the Boxer uprising.


May
    Paris, France, is the site of the Summer Olympics, called the International Meeting of Physical Training and Sport. Over 1500 athletes from 22 nations compete for medals. France takes the lion's share of gold medals, winning 29. The US follows with 20.

    Italian laborers, imported to Mexico to work on the construction of the Vera Cruz and Pacific railroads, refuse to work. The Mexican government made it clear to their Italian counterparts that the non-working laborers would be deported.


June
    Spanish cellist Pablo Casals performs at the Salle des Agriculture during the Paris Exposition.

    The first international championship motorcar race is held in France as drivers from Belgium, France, Germany, and the US compete for the Gordon Bennett Cup on a course running from Paris to Lyon. The race, sponsored by New York publisher Gordon Bennett, is won by the driver from France, who maintains an average speed of 38 miles per hour.

    In China, the Boxer's siege of the legations begins with the assassination of the German ambassador.


July
    Italian and French vineyard owners attempt to divert hailstorms by firing cannons at developing cloud formations.

    Security is increased in Paris at the Exposition as incidence of anarchistic violence increase.

    German Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin launches his 416 foot long aircraft, called a Zeppelin, over Lake Constance. Capable of carrying up to 10 tons, the craft carried enough fuel to remain aloft for 10 hours.

    King Humbert I of Italy is assassinated at Monzo by silk weaver Gaetano Bresci, an avowed anarchist who had formerly lived in Paterson, New Jersey.

    Paris, France, unveils its first subway system. It will expand to become one the world's three largest.

    At Wimbledon in London, Reginald Doherty wins the men's singles competition, while Mrs. Hillyard is the ladies' champ.


August
    An 8-member Allied relief force ends the siege of legations in Peking, China. There, the combined forces of the US, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Great Britain succeeded in driving the Boxers and a band of Chinese regulars out of the captured city.

    German philosopher and poet, Friedrich Nietzsche dies. Nietzsche's controversial writings were harshly critical of Christianity.

    Farmers outside of London stage a protest over the introduction of time-saving and labor-reducing farming devices imported from the United States.


September
    The Duke of Abruzzi's polar expedition returns to Norway and announces to the world that it had reached a destination at 86 degrees, 33 minutes north latitude, the highest point reached to date.

    In Bradford, England, Sir William H. Preece announces at the British Association for the Advancement of Science that he has successfully conveyed audible speech 6 to 8 miles without the use of wires.


October
    Prussian Bernhard von Bulow becomes chancellor of Germany. He succeeds Chlodwig Karl Hohenlohe who resigned 2 days earlier.

    Austrian Sigmund Freud publishes "The Interpretation of Dreams," calling dreams "the royal road to the unconscious." Freud maintains that dreams contain repressed desires that would otherwise be censored in a wakened state.

    In Britain, the "Khaki" election results in victory for the Conservatives, who retain power under the Marquis of Salisbury.

    French engineers secure a contract to construct the Seoul-Wiju Railway in Korea.


November
    Oscar Wilde Irish-born writer Oscar Wilde dies of cerebral meningitis at the Hotel d'Alsace in Paris at age 49. Wilde was the controversial author of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," among other works.

    News out of Lavidia, Russia, reports the Czar to be in grave physical condition.

    The Paris Exposition comes to a close.


December
    German physicist Max Planck announces what would come to be known as quantum theory. Planck maintains that light rays are not continuous but are emitted in discrete amounts called quanta.

    The British Commonwealth of Australia is declared official and joins a federal union of six British colonies.




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