This image was taken on the 30th of May, 1896, when construction on the
Uganda Railway began.
The project was started in
British East Africa, and many of the workers were brought over from India. Several thousand chose to stay on in Africa after the work was done.
Despite its name, the railway was in in what is now Kenya, with Uganda being the destination.
19th Century, British History, History, On This Day, Photography, Vintage
1890s, 1896, 19th Century, Africa, African History, British Empire, Indian History, Kenya, Photograph, Photography, Railway, Transportation, Uganda, Victorian, Victorian Era
The Khodynka Tragedy was a deadly stampede that happened during coronation celebrations for Russia’s last emperor,
Nicholas II, in 1896.
Falling on the 18
th of May on the old calendar (which equates to the 30 th of May on the new calendar), 1389 people were trampled or suffocated to death when panic broke out in a crowd of many thousands.
People crowd around one of the victims.
Evidence of the tragedy was cleared away before many at the event in Moscow became aware of it, and Nicholas and his wife Alexandra continued with their schedule, including attending a ball with French diplomats that evening. It was decided it was more important to have good relations with the French than to appease the people of the Russian Empire.
The minor imperial response to the disaster did no favours for the family’s public image.
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1890s, 1896, 19th Century, Art, Europe 1800s, Moscow, On This Day, Painting, Russia, Russian Empire, Russian History, Tsar Nicholas II
A nationwide railway strike in the United States, which came to be known as the Pullman Strike, occurred on the 11th of May, 1894.
Considered a revolutionary moment for labour laws in America, nearly 4000 workers for the
Pullman Company refused to work after a reduction in their wages.
The image below shows workers protesting outside the Arcade Building in Pullman, Chicago.
19th Century, History, On This Day, Photography, US History
1890s, 1894, 19th Century, Illinois, On This Day, Photograph, Photography, Railway, Transportation, US History
Hereward wrecked on Maroubra Beach, south of Sydney, on the 7th of May, 1898. This photograph of the scene was taken by Arthur Wigram Allen, lawyer and enthusiastic amateur photographer.
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1890s, 1898, 19th Century, Arthur Wigram Allen, Australia, Maroubra, New South Wales, On This Day, Photograph, Photography, Ship, Shipwreck, Transportation, Victorian, Victorian Era
Between 1910 and 1915
New York City has hosted an Easter parade on Fifth Avenue since the 19th century. Taking place on Easter Sunday, for decades it was one of the most significant cultural events of the year.
Here are some images of the parade from the late 19th and early 20th centuries:
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1890s, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1905, 1910s, 1912, 1914, 19th Century, Early 20th Century, Easter, New York, New York City, On This Day, Photography, US History
This is the cover for American magazine , dated the 5th of April, 1899. Easter Sunday fell on the second of the month that year. Puck
Known for its satire, the magazine was published from 1871 to 1918.
Essex County Cricket Club was founded at a meeting in
Chelmsford‘s Shire Hall on the 14th of January, 1876.
The Essex team in 1897. X
The sport of cricket had been in the area since some time in the 16th century, but no major teams were organised until the late Victorian era. Essex CCC became First-Class in 1894.
Most of the team’s home games are played in Chelmsford, the county town of Essex.
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1870s, 1876, 189, 1890, 1890s, 1894, 1897, 19th Century, Chelmsford, Cricket, England, English, English History, Essex, On This Day, Sport, Victorian, Victorian England, Victorian Era