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January
    Republican incumbent William Taylor and Democratic contender William Goebel battle for the governorship of Kentucky. A highly suspect election resulted with both Taylor and Goebel claiming the State House. With the state assembly charged with deciding the winner, Taylor barricaded himself in the State House, protected by an armed militia. Attempting to confront the militia, Goebel was shot. As he hovered near death, the state assembly finally declared him the rightful winner of Kentucky's governorship. Goebel did not live to serve out his term and was succeeded by his lieutenant governor.

    In Chicago, seven US cities agree to form the American Association of Baseball Clubs, which would later become known as the American League. The American League teams hailed from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.


February
    Henry Ford Henry Ford unveils the first Detroit-made automobile.

    The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line tests "The Wind Splitter," which reaches speeds of over 102 mph.

    As debate over military engagement in the Philippines intensifies in the US Senate, Richard F. Pettigrew of South Dakota is accused of treason when he attempts to read the statements of Emilio Aquinaldo, leader of the Filipino insurgents, into the congressional record.

    Chicago contends with its heaviest snowfall on record. The city is brought to a standstill as railroad cars filled with livestock are stranded on Madison Street.

    Seven thousand Chicago construction workers go out on strike demanding an 8-hour work day.


March
    An Elkhart, Indiana, minister, Rev. Dr. E.H. Gwynne of the First Presbyterian Church, preaches to Francis Hoover, who was at home ill with rheumatism, by telephone via a transmitter placed on his pulpit.

    The Social Democratic Party holds its national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, nominating Eugene V. Debs of Indiana for president and Job Harrison of California for vice-president.

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

    Theodore Dreiser publishes "Sister Carrie," a realistic novel concerning a young country girl's use of sexual prowess to pull herself up the social ladder. The book is taken out of circulation after selling 456 copies.


April
    As the number of pedestrians hit by automobiles increases, the city of Chicago considers a bill requiring cars to have fenders.

    Labor unrest dominates the news as ironworkers in Cincinnati, tinners and sheet-metal workers in Kansas City, boilermakers in Akron, Ohio, and Italian blacksmiths in Croton Landing, New York go out on strike, sometimes turning violent.

    Baseball season gets under way as teams from the newly formed American League take to the field. Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Buffalo make up the charter cities with teams in the upstart league.


May
    Louisville, Kentucky, is the site of a reunion of 40,000 veterans of the Confederate Army. More than 100,000 people attend the event.


June
    The Prohibition Party chooses John G. Wooley of Illinois as their presidential candidate and Henry B. Metcalf of Rhode Island as their vice-presidential contender.

    Carrie Nation begins her crusade against liquor by hurling a rock through the window of a Kiowa, Kansas, saloon.


July
    Delegates arrive in Kansas City for the Democratic convention. They go on to nominate William Jennings Bryan as their presidential candidate and Adlai E. Stevenson as vice-president.


August
    Farmers meeting in Topeka, Kansas, agree to form a trust to control agricultural output within the Mississippi Valley.


September
    TR An essay written by Theodore Roosevelt praising football is published around the time of the death of a football player at Lake Forest University in Illinois who is killed during a game.

    Hennepin County, Minnesota, holds the US's first direct primary.


November
    Tragedies on the football gridiron occur in Lowell, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois. In Lowell, 18 year-old Louis Gilmore is killed during the annual Thanksgiving Day game, while 16 year-old William Bartlett of Chicago dies during a neighborhood contest. Both boys succumbed to injuries to the spine.




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