The timelines on this site are an attempt to highlight the major political and cultural events of the years 1895-1914. They are by no means definitive or canonical; aiming instead at a representative selection, gleaned from various texts.  Additions to the timeline are especially welcome: please leave suggestions in the comments box below.

Key Events

July – The Agadir Incident (or the Second Moroccan Crisis)
December – Roald Amundsen reaches the South Pole.
First International Women’s Day.
National Insurance Act introduces contributory health insurance for most manual workers, and contributory unemployment insurance for workers in ‘precarious’ trades.
Parliament Act removes power of veto from House of Lords.
Payment of MPs introduced.
Two strikers shot dead by troops in Liverpool during protests in support of dock and railway strikes.


E. A. Abbey.
Charles Dilke.
Passmore Edwards.
Francis Galton.
W.S. Gilbert.


Zuleika Dobson – Max Beerbohm
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Innocence of Father Brown – G.K.Chesterton
The White Peacock – D.H.Lawrence
Under Western Eyes – Joseph Conrad
Hilda Lessways – Arnold Bennett
Suffragette Sally – G. Colmore
In a German Pension – Katherine Mansfield
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

Canzoni – Ezra Pound

Nobel prize: Maurice Maeterlinck.

Art & Architecture

First exhibition of the Camden Town Group held at the Carfax Gallery.
Der Blaue Reiter formed in Germany.

The Ear-Ring – Ambrose McEvoy


First performance of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Covent Garden.


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