Book - 1899
Fair condition set of four. Various bindings.
6 January — Lord Curzon becomes Viceroy of India.
12—13 January — The Lynmouth life-boat Louisa is launched from Porlock Weir, entailing being hauled overland for 15 miles (24 km) with a climb of 1,423 feet (434 m) across Exmoor, to save the crew of the Forrest Hall in the Bristol Channel.
25 February — In an accident at Grove Hill, Harrow, Edwin Sewell becomes the world's first driver of a petrol-driven vehicle to be killed; his passenger, Maj. James Richer, dies of injuries three days later.
9 March — Charles C. Wakefield begins the lubricating oil company which will become Castrol.
27 March — Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits a radio signal across the English channel.
1 May — The National Trust acquires its first part of Wicken Fen, making it the UK's oldest wetland nature reserve.
17 May — Foundation stone of the Victoria and Albert Museum is laid by Queen Victoria, her last public engagement – a week before her 80th birthday. Now in the 62nd year of her reign, she is Britain's longest-serving monarch of all time.
19 June — Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations premieres in London.
22 June–27 June — The highest ever recorded cricket score, 628 not out, is made by A. E. J. Collins.
6 September — The White Star Line's transatlantic ocean liner RMS Oceanic sails on her maiden voyage. At 17,272 gross tons and 704 ft (215 m), she is the largest ship afloat, following scrapping of the SS Great Eastern a decade earlier.
9 October — First motor bus in London.
11 October — Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.
13 October — Second Boer War: Siege of Mafeking begins.
20 October — Second Boer War: Battle of Talana Hill: In the first major clash of the conflict, near Dundee, Natal, the British Army drives the Boers from their position, but with heavy casualties, including the commanding general Sir Penn Symons.
15 November — The American Line's SS St. Paul becomes the first ocean liner to report her imminent arrival by wireless telegraphy when Marconi's station at The Needles contacts her 66 nautical miles off the coast of England.
24 November — Mahdist War: Decisive British and Egyptian victory at the Battle of Umm Diwaykarat ends the war in Sudan.
8 December — The Aldeburgh life-boat capsizes on service: seven of the eighteen crew are killed.
15 December — Glasgow School of Art opens new building, the most notable work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
31 December — A large standing stone at Stonehenge falls over.