1898 in the United States

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1898 in the United States
Years: 1895 1896 189718981899 1900 1901

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Events from the year 1898 in the United States.


Federal Government[edit]



February 15: USS Maine explodes


  • April 5 – Annie Oakley promotes the service of women in combat situations with the United States military. On this day, she writes a letter to President McKinley "offering the government the services of a company of 50 'lady sharpshooters' who would provide their own arms and ammunition should war break out with Spain."[1] In the history of women in the military, there are records of female U.S. Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers who enlisted using male pseudonyms, but Oakley's letter represents possibly the earliest political move towards women's rights for combat service in the United States military.
  • April 22 – Spanish–American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports and the USS Nashville captures a Spanish merchant ship.
  • April 25 – Spanish–American War: The United States declares war on Spain; the U.S. Congress announces that a state of war has existed since April 21 (later backdating this one more day to April 20).
  • April 29: Union Razor Company, which today is known as KA-BAR Knives, founded in Tidioute, Pennsylvania.
  • May 1 – Spanish–American War – Battle of Manila Bay: Commodore Dewey destroys the Spanish squadron. The first battle of the war, as well as the first battle in the Philippines Campaign.
  • May 12 – Bombardment of San Juan, the first major battle of the Puerto Rico Campaign during the Spanish–American War.
  • June 1 – The Trans-Mississippi Exposition World's Fair opens in Omaha, Nebraska.






  • March 3 – Thomas R. Underwood, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1951 till 1952. (died 1956)
  • July 14 – Happy Chandler, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1955 till 1959. (died 1991)
  • September 9 – Styles Bridges, United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1937 to 1961. (Died in 1961)
  • November 13 – Wallace F. Bennett, United States Senator from Utah from 1951 till 1974. (Died in 1993)
  • November 17 – William A. Blakley, United States Senator from Texas in 1961. (Died in 1976)
  • December 9 – Emmett Kelly, clown (died 1979)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). "Letter to President William McKinley from Annie Oakley" Retrieved January 24, 2008.

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