A Year In History: 1896

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

February 1

Puccini’s “La Bohème” premieres in Turin, Italy

On February 1, 1896, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème premieres at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. It would go on to become one of the opera world’s most enduring, and beloved, classics. By the time the first of his three career-defining operas had its premiere, Puccini was no longer living a life of impoverished artistic […]

May 18

Supreme Court rules “separate but equal” constitutional in Plessy v. Ferguson

In a major victory for supporters of racial segregation, the U.S. Supreme Court rules seven to one that a Louisiana law providing for “equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” on its railroad cars is constitutional. The high court held that as long as equal accommodations were provided, segregation was not discrimination […]