1898 was the 27th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.
- February: Birmingham's 4th Mardi Gras celebration took place.
- February 22: The Alabama Colonial Dames of America was chartered.
- March 19: Six people were killed in an explosion at Slope No. 2 Mine
- May 1: Volunteers for the Spanish-American War left from the L & N Station for Mobile.
- August: Sylacauga purchased Marble City Cemetery.
- September 26: The Country Club of Birmingham was founded at North Birmingham Park.
- The community of Brent in Bibb County was established.
- The Garden City post office in Cullman County was established.
- Efforts to bring neighboring communities and municipalities into Birmingham began in earnest.
- Jemison in Chilton County was incorporated.
- St Vincent's Hospital was founded by Father Patrick O'Reilly and four Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent’s DePaul.
- February 23: The Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Company was incorporated, bringing together the Birmingham Railway & Electric Company, Consolidated Electric Light Company, and the Birmingham Gas Company as a single entity.
- Edward Barrett bought the Daily State Herald and changed the name back to The Birmingham Age-Herald.
- Berney's Drug Store was established in Ensley.
- Real estate firm Brown Brothers & Company was founded.
- Echols and Angwin Funeral Home was established in Ensley.
- The Ensley Hotel was purchased at auction by James C. Warner.
- The Ensley Land Company made its first official sales of lots.
- John Tillman became a partner in the law firm of Walker, Tillman & Campbell.
- September: North Alabama Conference College opened to students.
- John Abercrombie began serving as state superintendent of education.
- Charles Glenn was appointed principal of the Paul Hayne School.
- Francis Marion Peterson succeeded Henry Clay Reynolds as President of the University of Montevallo.
- Benjamin Wyman succeeded William Johnston as dean of Birmingham Medical College.
- C. W. Austin succeeded Thomas McDonald as Chief of Birmingham Police Department.
- William Jelks was elected to the Alabama Senate from Barbour County.
- A.C. Davidson succeeded Phillip Hale as pastor of Southside Baptist Church.
- J. J. Grier succeeded John Barbour as pastor of South Highland Presbyterian Church.
- George Stoves succeeded James Carey as pastor of Trinity Methodist Church (Southside).
- Wylam Presbyterian Church was founded.
- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team only played a single game due to a ban on student athletes traveling.
- John Carmichael was elected to the Chancery.
- Charles Hooper returned to Birmingham.
- Miller Reese Hutchison patented his hearing aid, the "Akoulophon".
- William Oliver began serving as a solicitor in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.
- Louis Pizitz moved to Birmingham.
- James Stiles became a probate judge.
- Henry Walthall enlisted in the United States Army's First Alabama Regiment.
- April 12: Hosea Hudson, labor organizer and social activist
- October 9: Joe Sewell, baseball player
- November 15: Frank W. Thomas, college football coach
- November 25: P. H. Polk, photographer
- Robert I. Ingalls from Bellefontaine High School in Ohio.
- Lloyd Noland from Central High School in Washington, D. C.
- Wallace Rayfield from Pratt Polytechnic Institute, received certificate.
- December 21: Educator A. H. Parker to Anna B. Gilbert.
- Industrialist Henry F. DeBardeleben to Katherine McCrossin.
- Superintendent John Phillips to Minnie Holman.
- Berney's Drug Store (original location)
- J. H. Bingham residence
- Cobb Lane Carriage House
- Country Club of Birmingham (North Birmingham)
- Davis School
- Echols and Angwin Funeral Home (original location)
- Elliott House
- Gay Bridge
- William Hassinger residence
- Nabers, Morrow & Sinnige building
In 1898, the Spanish-American War was fought over four months. Pepsi was invented. Marie and Pierre Curie announced the discovery of radium.
Notable books published in 1898 included The Open Boat and Other Tales by Stephen Crane, Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Notable music released included "Ciribiribin" by Carlo Tiochet & Alberto Pestalozza and "When You Were Sweet Sixteen" by James Thornton.
Notable births in 1898 included race car driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari, minister and author Norman Vincent Peale, artist M. C. Escher, author Stephen Vincent Benét, physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi, screenwriter Preston Sturges, composer George Gershwin, chemist Karl Ziegler, author C. S. Lewis, and jazz drummer Baby Dodds. Notable deaths included author Lewis Carroll, engineer Sir Henry Bessemer (namesake of Bessemer), illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, German statesman Otto von Bismarck, and civil engineer Sir John Fowler.
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