San Francisco, 1895
The M. H. DeYoung Memorial Museum opens in Golden Gate Park. The museum houses more than 6,000 items left over from the California Mid-Winter Exposition as well as donated artifacts from the Gold Rush era.
As a response to some rather scathing depictions of California political life, the State Legislature passes the Cartoon Act to outlaw political cartoons. The law has little effect and is largely ignored.
United States, 1898
The Spanish-American War begins over disputes about the ownership of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam--all of which become U.S. protectorates.