Book - 1896
Good condition set of four.
January — Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War: British redcoats enter the Ashanti capital, Kumasi, and Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I is deposed.
2 January — The Jameson Raid comes to an end, as Jameson surrenders to the Boers.
6 January — Cecil Rhodes resigns as Premier of Cape Colony over the Jameson Raid.
14 January — Birt Acres demonstrates his film projector, the Kineopticon, the first in Britain, to the Royal Photographic Society at the Queen's Hall in London. This is the first film show to an audience in the U.K.
28 January - In an underground explosion at Tylorstown Colliery, Rhondda, 57 miners are killed.
28 January - Walter Arnold of Kent receives the first speeding conviction for driving in excess of the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph.
20 February — In London: Robert W. Paul demonstrates his film projector, the Theatrograph (later known as the Animatograph), at the Alhambra Theatre.
20 February — In London: The Lumiere Brothers first project their films in Britain, at the Empire Theatre of Varieties, Leicester Square.
12 March — Salisbury orders a military campaign to combat increasing French influence in the Sudan.
6 April–15 April — Great Britain and Ireland compete at the Olympics and win 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
6 April — The Snowdon Mountain Railway commences public operation; however, a derailment leading to one fatality causes services to be suspended for a year.
4 May — Daily Mail newspaper founded.
8 May — Cricket: Yorkshire sets a still-standing County Championship record when they accumulate an innings total of 887 against Warwickshire.
18–20 May — Newlyn riots: protests by fishermen at Newlyn, Cornwall, against those from Lowestoft and elsewhere fishing on Sabbath, leading to military intervention.
7 June — Mahdist War: British and Egyptian victory at the Battle of Ferkeh.
12 June — Jack (J.T.) Hearne sets a record for the earliest date of taking 100 wickets. It is equalled by Charlie Parker in 1931.
July — Law requiring a man to walk in front of moving cars waving a red flag is repealed.
26 July–1 August — International Socialist Workers and Trade Union Congress held in London.
17 August - Bridget Driscoll becomes the first person in the world to be killed in a car accident, in the grounds of The Crystal Palace.
17 August - Start of development of Trafford Park, Manchester, pioneering example of a planned industrial estate in England.
17 August - London to Brighton Veteran Car Run recreating the 1896 'Emancipation Run'
27 August - The shortest war in recorded history, the Anglo-Zanzibar War, starts at 9 in the morning and lasts for 45 minutes of shelling.
27 August - Britain establishes a Protectorate over Ashanti concluding the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War.
22 September — Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
23 September — Kitchener captures Dongola in the Sudan.
30 September–August 1897 — Lock-out of Welsh slate workers at Penrhyn Quarry.
14 November — The Locomotives on the Highway Act raises the speed limit for road vehicles from 4 to 14 mph and, to celebrate this, an 'Emancipation Run' of cars from London to Brighton (continued afterwards as the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run) is held.
11 December — William Preece introduces Guglielmo Marconi's work in wireless telegraphy to the general public at a lecture, "Telegraphy without Wires", at the Toynbee Hall in London.
14 December — Glasgow Subway, the third oldest metro system in the world (after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro), begins operations in Glasgow.