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|( 1890s: ) 1898|
- February 15 – Spanish–American War: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, Cuba, for reasons never fully established, killing 266 men. The event precipitates the United States' declaration of war on Spain, two months later.
- February 23 – Émile Zola is imprisoned in France, after writing J'Accuse…!.
- March 1 – Vladimir Lenin creates the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.
- March 16 – In Melbourne the representatives of five colonies adopt a constitution, which will become the basis of the Commonwealth of Australia.
- 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).
- May 7–9 – Bava Beccaris massacre: Hundreds of demonstrators are killed, when General Fiorenzo Bava Beccaris orders troops to fire on a rally in Milan, Italy.
- May 12 – Spanish–American War: The Puerto Rican Campaign begins, with the Bombardment of San Juan.
- May 27 – The territory of Kwang-Chou-Wan is leased by China to France, according to the Treaty of 12 April 1892, as the Territoire de Kouang-Tchéou-Wan, forming part of French Indochina.
- June 9 – The British government arranges a 99-year rent of Hong Kong from China.
- June 12 – Philippine Declaration of Independence: After more than 377 years of Spanish dominance, General Emilio Aguinaldo declares the Philippines' independence from Spain.
- June 21 – Spanish–American War: The United States captures Guam, making it the first U.S. overseas territory.
- June 28 – Effective date of the Curtis Act of 1898 which will lead to the dissolution of tribal and communal lands in Indian Territory and ultimately the creation of the State of Oklahoma in 1907.
- July 1 – Spanish–American War: Battle of San Juan Hill – United States troops (including Buffalo Soldiers and Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders) take a strategic position close to Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish.
- July 7 – The United States annexes the Hawaiian Islands.
- July 25 – Spanish–American War: The United States invasion of Puerto Rico begins, with a landing at Guánica Bay.
- August 12 – Spanish–American War: Hostilities end between American and Spanish forces in Cuba.
- August 13 – Spanish–American War: Battle of Manila – By prior agreement, the Spanish commander surrenders the city of Manila to the United States, in order to keep it out of the hands of Filipino rebels, ending hostilities in the Philippines.
- August 28 – American pharmacist Caleb Bradham names his soft drink Pepsi-Cola.
- September 2 – Battle of Omdurman: British and Egyptian troops led by Horatio Kitchener defeat Sudanese tribesmen led by Khalifa Abdullah al-Taashi, thus establishing British dominance in the Sudan.
- September 10 – Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni assassinates Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Geneva, as an act of propaganda of the deed.
- September 18 – Fashoda Incident: A powerful flotilla of British gunboats arrives at the French-occupied fort of Fashoda on the White Nile, leading to a diplomatic stalemate, until French troops are ordered to withdraw on November 3.
- September 21 – factions using the hapless Empress Dowager Cixi as a front engineers a coup d'état in China, marking the end of the Hundred Days' Reform; the Guangxu Emperor is arrested.
- October 1 – The Vienna University of Economics and Business is founded, under the name K.U.K. Exportakademie.
- October 3–8 – The Stuttgart Congress of the Social Democratic Party of Germany is held in Stuttgart.
- November 10 – The Wilmington insurrection of 1898, a coup d'état by the white Democratic Party of North Carolina, begins.
- December 10 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish–American War.
- December 26 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the discovery of an element that they name radium.
- As a result of the merger of several small oil companies, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controls 84% of the USA's oil, and most American pipelines.
|Northeastern University||Private university|
|Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute||Ukrainian polytechnic university|
|PepsiCo||U.S. Multinational corporation|
|Vienna University of Economics and Business|
|DePaul University||Military ranks||Catholic, with emphasis on recruiting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.|
|Title||Born||Died||Place of death||Summary|
|William Gladstone||29 December 1809||19 May 1898||Wales|
|Otto von Bismarck||1 April 1815||30 July 1898||Germany|
|Clinton Roosevelt||3 November 1804||8 August 1898||New York|
|Title||Born||Place of birth||Died||Summary||Description|
|Hugh Bullock||1898||November 1996||Financier||President of the US Pilgrims Society for 41 years, no Wikipedia entry as of 2015.|
|Ralph McGill||5 February 1898||3 February 1969||Journalist||US journalist who wrote against racial segregation. Attended the 1957 February Bilderberg|
|Enrico Anzilotti||8 February 1898||Italy|
|1983||Diplomat||Governor of Italian Somaliland from 1957-1958. Attended the 1959 Bilderberg|
|David Bruce||12 February 1898||Maryland|
|5 December 1977||Diplomat|
|spooky US diplomat|
|Briton Hadden||18 February 1898||27 February 1929||Co-founder of Time Magazine.|
|Gerald L. K. Smith||27 February 1898||Wisconsin|
|15 April 1976||Clergy|
|Chou En-lai||5 March 1898||Jiangsu|
|8 January 1976||Diplomat|
|Henry Luce||3 April 1898||China|
|28 February 1967||Editor|
|Paul Robeson||9 April 1898||23 January 1976||Activist|
|US artist and activist possibly poisoned by the CIA|
|Eugene R. Black||1 May 1898||Georgia|
|20 February 1992||Central banker||Attended the Bilderberg/1957 February as President of the World Bank Group|
|Golda Meir||3 May 1898||Ukraine|
|8 December 1978||Politician|
|Ernst Falkenheim||8 May 1898||16 December 1982||German industialist|
|George Rufus Brown||12 May 1898||22 January 1983||Businessperson|
|Brewster Jennings||9 June 1898||2 October 1968||Businessperson||CEO of Standard Oil Company of New York|
|Isidor Rabi||29 July 1898||Austria-Hungary|
|11 January 1988||Physicist||American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944 for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance. 1961 Bilderberg.Office of Defense Mobilization. President's Science Advisory Committee. NATO Science Committee.|
|Brooks Hays||9 August 1898||London|
|11 October 1981||Politician||Attended the February 1957 Bilderberg meeting as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
|Paul Raigorodsky||25 August 1898||Russia||14 March 1977|
|Hans Globke||10 September 1898||Düsseldorf||13 February 1973||Lawyer|
Deep state actor
|High ranking jurist during the Nazi government; After the war one of the most powerful people in the German government.|
|Gerald Templer||11 September 1898||25 October 1979|
|R. Gordon Wasson||22 September 1898||23 December 1986||Author|
|Pietro Quaroni||3 October 1898||11 June 1971||Diplomat|
|One of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg group|
|Theobald Mathew||4 November 1898||29 February 1964||Lawyer|
|Morgan J. Davis||18 November 1898||Texas|
|31 December 1979|
|Nathan Silvermaster||27 November 1898||Russia|
|7 October 1964||Spook|
|Ernst Fraenkel||26 December 1898||28 March 1975||Academic|
|Edwin Kennedy Wright||28 December 1898||3 September 1983||Spook|