1. First long-distance radio transmission, received by Guglielmo Marconi.
2. Composer Giuseppe Verdi, master of the opera, dies.
3. First of the super mergers: Andrew Carnegie sells his steel company for $492 million to J.P. Morgan, who forms U.S. Steel.
4. The Victorian Age ends with the death of Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch in British history.
5. The first Nobel Prizes awarded on the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
6. Pablo Picasso enters his Blue Period.
7. Britain completes the "Lunatic Express," the Uganda Railway.
8. Thomas Mann’s first novel, Buddenbrooks. Mann is 26.
9. US President William McKinley assassinated.
10. Australia becomes a nation.
11. Rudyard Kipling, voice of the British Empire, publishes his ode to India, the novel Kim.

- Our Times: The Illustrated History of the 20th century

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