1896 in the United States
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|1896 in the United States|
|Years:||1893 1894 1895 – 1896 – 1897 1898 1899|
45 stars (1896–1908)
Events from the year 1896 in the United States.
- President: Grover Cleveland (D-New York)
- Vice President: Adlai E. Stevenson I (D-Illinois)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller (Illinois)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Thomas Brackett Reed (R-Maine)
- Congress: 54th
- January 4 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state (see History of Utah).
- February 5 - August 12 – Yaqui Uprising in Arizona and Mexico.
- March 23 – The New York State Legislature passes the Raines Law, restricting Sunday alcoholic beverage sales to hotels.
- April 9 – The National Farm School (later Delaware Valley College) is chartered in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
- May 18 – Plessy v. Ferguson: The U.S. Supreme Court introduces the "separate but equal" doctrine and upholds segregation.
- May 26 – Eleven years after its foundation, a group of 12 purely industrial stocks were chosen to form the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The index was composed entirely of industrial shares for the first time.
- May 27 – The costliest and third deadliest tornado in U.S. history levels a mile wide swath of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, incurring $2.9 billion (1997 USD) in normalized damages, killing more than 255 and injuring over 1,000 people.
- June 4 – The Ford Quadricycle, the first Ford vehicle ever developed, is completed, eventually leading Henry Ford to build the empire that "put America on wheels".
- June 28 – An explosion in the Newton Coal Company's Twin Shaft Mine in Pittston City, Pennsylvania resulted in a massive cave-in that killed 58 miners.
- July 9 – William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention, which nominates him for President of the United States.
- July 30 – Shortly after 6:30 pm, at a crossing just west of Atlantic City, New Jersey, two trains collide, crushing five loaded passenger coaches, killing 50 and seriously injuring approximately 60, in the 1896 Atlantic City rail crash.
- September 15 – The Crash at Crush train wreck stunt is held in Texas.
- October 30 – Augusta, Kentucky: The Augusta High School cornerstone is laid, marking the end of the Augusta Methodist College.
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 1896: Republican William McKinley defeats William Jennings Bryan. This is later regarded as a realigning election, starting the Fourth Party System in which Republicans dominate politics until about 1932.
- November 30 – The St. Augustine Monster, a large carcass later postulated to be the remains of a gigantic octopus, is found washed ashore near St. Augustine, Florida.
- December 7 – The 54th United States Congress began its second session.
- December 25 – John Philip Sousa composes his magnum opus, the "Stars and Stripes Forever".
- The New York Telephone Company is formed.
- January 4 – Everett Dirksen, U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1951 to 1969 (died 1969)
- January 21 – J. Carrol Naish, actor (died 1973)
- February 25 – John Little McClellan, U.S. Senator from Arkansas from 1943 to 1977 (died 1977)
- April 8 – Yip Harburg, lyricist (died 1981)
- April 26 – Edward John Thye, 26th Governor of Minnesota from 1943 to 1947 and United States Senator from Minnesota from 1947 to 1959 (died 1969)
- July 20 – Eunice Sanborn, supercentenarian (died 2011)
- July 21 – Bourke B. Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator from Iowa from 1945 to 1969 (died 1971)
- September 24 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, author (died 1940)
- September 29 – George H. Bender, U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1954 to 1957 (died 1961)
- October 22 – Earle C. Clements, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1950 to 1957 (died 1985)
- December 6 – Ira Gershwin, lyricist (died 1983)
- January 11 – George G. Wright, United States Senator from Iowa from 1871 till 1877. (born 1820)
- April 19 – Arthur I. Boreman, United States Senator from West Virginia from 1869 to 1875. (born 1823)
- May 31 – Homer V.M. Miller, United States Senator in Georgia from 1871. (born 1814)
- June 2 – Ozora P. Stearns, United States Senator from Minnesota in 1871. (born 1831)
- June 13 – Alpheus Felch, 5th Governor of Michigan from 1846 till 1847 and United States Senator from Michigan from 1847 till 1853. (born 1804)
- June 25 – Lyman Trumbull, United States Senator from Illinois from 1855 till 1873. (born 1813)
- July 22 – George W. Jones, United States Senator from Iowa from 1848 till 1859. (born 1804)
- August 9 – Alonzo J. Edgerton, United States Senator from Minnesota in 1881. (born 1827)
- October 13 – Thomas W. Ferry, United States Senator from Michigan from 1871 till 1883. (born 1827)
- Date Unknown – Asahel C. Beckwith, United States Senator from Wyoming in 1893. (born 1827)
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