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.
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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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On the 2
nd of November, 1896, Puck magazine ran a cover picturing Mark Hanna and William McKinley preparing to carve up the presidency at Thanksgiving.
The US election was held the following day. McKinley won, with the help of his adviser, Hanna. McKinley was assassinated in 1901, while Hanna only outlived him by two and a half years.
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On the 27th of May, 1896, a tornado hit St. Louis, Missouri. Part of a larger tornado outbreak in the United States, it killed at least 255 people, but possibly more than 400.
The damage bill was over ten million dollars, which translated to around $2.9 billion a century afterwards.
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The famous American confection, the
Tootsie Roll, was officially introduced on the 23rd of February, 1896.
It was created by an Austrian immigrant named Leo Hirshfield, who began his business opening a small candy shop in Brooklyn, New York.
A circa 1918 advertisement celebrating troops coming home from World War One:
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