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* 1897 – Lucky Luciano, American gangster ( d. 1962 )
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* 1897 – Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states adjacent to India's North West Frontier Province.
* 1897 – Franco-Hova Wars: The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
During the Invasion of the Kuril Islands, Akira Nakamura ( b. 1897 ) was captured by the Soviet army and his elder son Takeshi Nakamura ( 1925 – 1945 ) was killed in the battle.
1897 and Lucky
Charles " Lucky " Luciano ( pronounced ; born Salvatore Lucania November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962 ), was an Italian-born, naturalized American mobster born in Sicily.
* Salvatore Lucania ( 1897 – 1962 ), also known as Charlie ' Lucky ' Luciano, Sicilian-American mafioso
He also wrote lyrics for the one-act comic opera, Weather or No ( 1896 ), which played as a companion piece to The Mikado at the Savoy Theatre, as well as several other Savoy operas, such as Mirette ( 1894 ), His Majesty, or The Court of Vignolia ( 1897 ), The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein ( 1897 ) and The Lucky Star ( 1899 ).
1897 and American
* 1897 – John W. Galbreath, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Darby Dan Farm ( d. 1988 )
Benjamin Lee Whorf ( April 24, 1897 – July 26, 1941 ) was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer.
On November 24, 1897, French naval authorities found three Americans on Clipperton working for the American Guano Company, who had raised the American flag on the island.
The Little Bears ( 1893 – 96 ) was the first American comic with recurring characters, while the first color comic supplement was published by the Chicago Inter-Ocean sometime in the latter half of 1892, followed by the New York Journals first color Sunday comic pages in 1897.
* Commodore ( shipwreck ), a steamer lost to a maritime disaster in 1897 that occurred off the coast of Daytona Beach, Florida, of which American novelist Stephen Crane was a surviving passenger
Frank L. Baum published “ Mother Goose in Prose ” in 1897, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, and American Fairy Tales in 1901.