January 29, 2014

Author's Notes: America in 1898

My next book is set in 1898.  What was happening in America that year? McKinley was president, the Spanish-American war began and ended, and Hawaii was annexed, all well known events. But here are some rather amusing, little known happenings for 1898:
Atlantic City as it looked in between 1890 and 1910 (photo from Wiki Commons)
Jan 1st - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
Feb 1st - 1st auto insurance policy in US issued by Travelers Insurance Co

Mar 24th - 1st automobile sold
May 19th - Post Office authorizes use of postcards
Jun 18th - 1st amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 30th - Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes
Nov 26th - -27) Snow/ice storm over US; 455 die
Dec 18th - Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

(Data from http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1898; click on the date to see other historical events for that day)

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