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1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar).

Events of 1897

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  • June 1 – American miners begin a strike, which successfully establishes the United Mine Workers Union and brings about the 8-hour work day to mines.
  • June 2Mark Twain, responding to rumors that he is dead, is quoted by the New York Journal as saying, "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
  • June 12 – The world's first Fingerprint Bureau opens in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, after the Council of the Governor General approves a committee report that fingerprints should be used for classification of criminal records.
  • June 22 – Queen Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.
  • June 22 The assassination of British colonial officers Rand and Ayerst in Punemarker, Maharashtramarker, Indiamarker on their way back from a Government house party celebrating the diamond jubilee coronation anniversary of Queen Victoria, by the Chapekar brothers and Ranade, who were later caught and hanged. Considered the first martyrs to the cause of India's freedom from Britainmarker. The film 22 June 1897 is based on the incident.


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