William McKinley was president and declared war on Spain.
Madame Marie Curie and her husband Pierre discovered radium.
The Hawaiian Islands became a territory of the United States.
Folks were trying a new soft drink called “Pepsi-Cola.”
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, died and C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, was born.
And, on February 12, 1898, the California Genealogical Society was created.[Photo of William McKinley from the Library of Congress Digital Collection.]