1900: On This Year


1900 (MCM in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1900th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1900 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1900 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1900, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1900, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1900, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1900, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1900.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1900 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1900 known for ?

  • 1900 marked the turn of a new century, and the last century before the turn of a new millennium. The world looked ahead with great optimism, as the progress made by mankind in the previous century made the coming 20th century seem very promising. While great advances would indeed be made, the world could not have foreseen the disastrous great wars that loomed on the horizon. Still, for the year 1900 itself, there were some notable developments.
  • In Paris, a World Exposition was held this year. The artistic work that was featured during the Exhibition would go on to launch a new artistic style – this was the beginning of Art Nouveau as a popular international style of art.
  • In Germany, the first zeppelin flight was carried out this year. This was a revolutionary development, as zeppelins would be used for decades to ferry passengers and carry out military operations. They would become obsolete relatively quickly, though, as their golden age lasted only into the end of the 1930’s.
  • It is also worth noting that 1900 was not a peaceful year. This was the second year of hostilities in China, known as the Boxer Rebellion – a Chinese uprising against foreign influence. This was also the second year of the Philippine-American War, a struggle for independence in the Philippines. The Second Boer War was also in its second year in 1900. This was part of a series of struggles between the British Empire and the native Boers in present-day South Africa over control of the region.
  • In a major development for popular culture, L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published this year, launching a cultural sensation that would impact generations through literature, film, and television. This was also the year that playwright George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell” premiered in London.

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1900: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1900?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1900 was the Year of the Rat.

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1900: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1900 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Anna for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1900: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1900 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • George
  • Charles
  • Robert
  • Joseph
  • Frank
  • Edward
  • Henry

1900: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1900 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Helen
  • Anna
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Elizabeth
  • Florence
  • Ethel
  • Marie
  • Lillian

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1900: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1900, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was The Holy City by Harry Macdonough

1900: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1900 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. The Holy City by Harry Macdonough

1900: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1900 were:

The Conjurer

The Conjurer

Release year: 1900

Directed by: George Albert Smith

The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii

Release year: 1900

Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack

A Storm at Sea

A Storm at Sea

Release year: 1900

Directed by: James H. White

Sherlock Holmes Baffled

Sherlock Holmes Baffled

Release year: 1900

Directed by: Arthur Marvin

Starring: Anonymous

The Magician

The Magician

Release year: 1900

Directed by: Scott Ryan


What happened in 1900?

Here's what happened in 1900:

  • Jan 1, 1900: Hawaii asks for a delegate at the U.S. Republican National Convention.
  • Jan 2, 1900: Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris.
  • Jan 3, 1900: Perihelion Passage.
  • Jan 4, 1900: Strikes in Belgium and Germany lead to mining riots.
  • Jan 5, 1900: Irish leader John Edward Redmond calls for a revolt against British rule.
  • Jan 6, 1900: Second Boer War: Having already sieged the fortress at Ladysmith, Boer forces attack it, but are driven back by British defenders.
  • Jan 9, 1900: The first through passenger train goes from Cairo to Khartoum.
  • Jan 10, 1900: Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener reach Capetown.
  • Jan 12, 1900: Freeland Colony founded in US.
  • Jan 15, 1900: SCNEC soccer team forms.
  • Jan 16, 1900: The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
  • Jan 17, 1900: Brigham H. Roberts of Utah is not seated by the U.S. House of Representatives because of his plural marriage.
  • Jan 23, 1900: The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces during the Second Boer War resulted in a British defeat.
  • Jan 24, 1900: Battle at Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers versus British army).
  • Jan 26, 1900: The Labor League Conference opens in Sydney, Australia, with plans to form a Federal Labor Party. This is spelled quotLaborquot even in Australia.
  • Jan 29, 1900: The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, also known as the American League, is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with eight founding teams in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.
  • Jan 30, 1900: Governor William Goebel of Kentucky shot by several assassins.
  • Jan 31, 1900: Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambunan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
  • Feb 1, 1900: Western Australia announced its refusal to join the Australian Federation unless it is given five more years of fiscal freedom.
  • Feb 2, 1900: Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise" premieres in Paris.
  • Feb 3, 1900: Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Baltimore.
  • Feb 5, 1900: The United States and the United Kingdom sign a treaty for the Panama Canal
  • Feb 6, 1900: Battle at Vaalkrans, South Africa (Boers versus British army).
  • Feb 7, 1900: Labour Party forms in England.
  • Feb 9, 1900: Dwight Davis established a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup.
  • Feb 10, 1900: Peter Ostlund skates world record 500 metre (45.2 seconds).
  • Feb 14, 1900: Date of events in movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock".
  • Feb 15, 1900: General French relieves Kimberley / Cecil Rhodes
  • Feb 16, 1900: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, three games to 1.
  • Feb 17, 1900: Second Boer War: Battle of Paardeberg: British troops defeat the Boers.
  • Feb 18, 1900: Ajax soccer team forms in Amsterdam.
  • Feb 19, 1900: British troops occupy Hlangwane Natal.
  • Feb 22, 1900: Hawaii became a US territory.
  • Feb 27, 1900: British Labour Party forms
  • Feb 28, 1900: The Second Boer War: The 118-day ''Siege of Ladysmith'' is lifted.
  • Mar 2, 1900: beginning) ampndash Groups of officials inspect towns around Australia in order to find a location for the new Federal capital.
  • Mar 3, 1900: US Steel Corporation organizes.
  • Mar 5, 1900: American Hall of Fame is founded.
  • Mar 7, 1900: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in two games.
  • Mar 8, 1900: Londoners celebrate as Queen Victoria makes a rare visit to the city.
  • Mar 9, 1900: Women in Germany demand the right to participate in university entrance exams.
  • Mar 10, 1900: Battle at Driefontein, South Africa (Boers versus British army).
  • Mar 12, 1900: President Steyn of Orange-Free state flees from Bloemfontein.
  • Mar 13, 1900: Second Boer War: British forces occupy Bloemfontein, Orange Free State.
  • Mar 14, 1900: US currency goes on gold standard
  • Mar 15, 1900: The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard.
  • Mar 16, 1900: AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces that an AL team will be in
  • Mar 17, 1900: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2.
  • Mar 18, 1900: Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms.
  • Mar 24, 1900: Mayor of New York City Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground ''Rapid Transit Railroad'' that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Mar 25, 1900: US Socialist Party is formed at Indianapolis.
  • Mar 27, 1900: The arrival of a Russian naval fleet in Korea causes concern to the Imperial Japanese government.
  • Mar 28, 1900: Over 1,000 tonnes of waste are removed from demolished buildings in Sydney, Australia, in areas affected by an outbreak of the bubonic plague.
  • Mar 31, 1900: In France, the length of a legal workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours.
  • Apr 2, 1900: The Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
  • Apr 4, 1900: Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales / King Edward VII
  • Apr 5, 1900: Attempted assassination of Prince of Wales in Brussels, fails.
  • Apr 6, 1900: James J Jeffries knocks out Jack Finnegan in one for heavyweight boxing title.
  • Apr 14, 1900: President Loubet opens International Fairs in Paris France.
  • Apr 15, 1900: An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over two hours.
  • Apr 16, 1900: US Post Office issues first books of postage stamps.
  • Apr 19, 1900: Highest scoring opening game, Philadelphia Phillies beat Braves 19-17 in 10.
  • Apr 22, 1900: Battle of Kousséri: French forces secure their domination of Chad. Warlord Rabih az-Zubayr is defeated and killed.
  • Apr 24, 1900: Passing of Andrew Halliday, cable car pioneer.
  • Apr 26, 1900: The Hull-Ottawa fire in Canada kills seven and leaves 15,000 homeless.
  • Apr 30, 1900: 165 lb Robert Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb Ed Dunkhost in a boxing match
  • May 1, 1900: Roermond soccer team forms in Roermond.
  • May 2, 1900: George Bernard Shaws "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London.
  • May 8, 1900: Galveston Texas, hit by hurricane; about 6,000 die
  • May 11, 1900: James J Jeffries knocks out James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title.
  • May 12, 1900: Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed.
  • May 14, 1900: Second Boer War: The British Army relieves the Siege of Mafeking.
  • May 17, 1900: Second Boer War: British troops relieve Mafeking.
  • May 18, 1900: Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga.
  • May 19, 1900: Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago.
  • May 20, 1900: 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • May 21, 1900: Russia invades Manchuria.
  • May 22, 1900: Associated Press organizes in New York City as non-profit news cooperative.
  • May 23, 1900: Associated Press News Service forms in New York.
  • May 24, 1900: Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
  • May 25, 1900: Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in the Olympics.
  • May 26, 1900: British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa.
  • May 28, 1900: Solar eclipse occurs.
  • May 29, 1900: Trademark Escalator registered by Otis Elevator Company
  • May 31, 1900: British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg.
  • Jun 1, 1900: British army occupiers Pretoria South-Africa
  • Jun 5, 1900: Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.
  • Jun 7, 1900: Boer general Christian de Law occupiers British train depot Roodewal
  • Jun 8, 1900: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of 6 Napoleons (BG)
  • Jun 12, 1900: German Navy Law calls for massive increase in sea power.
  • Jun 14, 1900: Hawaiian Territorial Government begins
  • Jun 18, 1900: Gen Luigi Pelloux resigns as Premier of Italy
  • Jun 20, 1900: Boxer Rebellion: Boxers gather about 20,000 people near Peking and kill hundreds of European citizens, including the German ambassador.
  • Jun 21, 1900: Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers
  • Jun 26, 1900: Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever.
  • Jun 30, 1900: A wharf fire at the docks in Hoboken, New Jersey owned by the North German Lloyd Steamship line spreads to German passenger ships ''.'' The fire engulfs the adjacent piers and nearby ships, killing 326 people.
  • Jul 2, 1900: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin first airship LZ-1, flies.
  • Jul 5, 1900: Compulsory education law passes Dutch 1st Chamber
  • Jul 7, 1900: Boston hurler Kid Nichols notches his 300th career victory
  • Jul 9, 1900: Australia accepts its constitution
  • Jul 11, 1900: Boer general De la Rey captures Scots Greys and Lincolns
  • Jul 12, 1900: 114 degrees F (46 degrees C), Basin, Wyoming (state record).
  • Jul 14, 1900: Armies of the Eight-Nation Alliance capture Tientsin during the Boxer Rebellion.
  • Jul 15, 1900: President Steyn / General De Law escape Brandwater Basin
  • Jul 17, 1900: New York Giant Christy Mathewson begins career losing to Brooklyn Superbas
  • Jul 19, 1900: The first line of the Paris Métro is opened.
  • Jul 21, 1900: Pope Leo XIII encyclical to the Greek-Melkite rite.
  • Jul 23, 1900: Pan-African Congress meets in London.
  • Jul 24, 1900: Race riot in New Orleans, two white policemen killed.
  • Jul 25, 1900: The Robert Charles Riots break out in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Jul 28, 1900: Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
  • Jul 31, 1900: Boer Generals Prinsloo and Roux surrenders in Brandwater Basin
  • Aug 3, 1900: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded.
  • Aug 7, 1900: Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
  • Aug 10, 1900: 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in Boston (3-0)
  • Aug 14, 1900: 1st electric tram in the Netherlands (Leidseplein-Brouwersgracht)
  • Aug 23, 1900: National Negro Business League organizes (Boston).
  • Aug 27, 1900: Battle at Bergendal: General Buller beats Boer general Botha
  • Aug 30, 1900: Last 2000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt South Africa freed
  • Aug 31, 1900: British troops over run Johannesburg
  • Sep 2, 1900: Telegraph use between Germany and US begins
  • Sep 3, 1900: British annex Natal (South Africa).
  • Sep 5, 1900: France proclaims a protectorate over Chad.
  • Sep 6, 1900: British General Buller occupies Lydenburg South Africa
  • Sep 8, 1900: Galveston Hurricane of 1900: a powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
  • Sep 10, 1900: 20.3 cm rainfall at Elk Point, South Dakota (state record)
  • Sep 11, 1900: President Kruger crosses border with Mozambique
  • Sep 17, 1900: Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • Sep 25, 1900: In the British general election, the recently formed Labour Party gains two seats. Winston Churchill is also elected to Parliament for the first time.
  • Sep 27, 1900: Victory Theater (Republic, Belasco) opens at 207 W 42nd St, New York City
  • Oct 2, 1900: Belgian crown Prince Albert von Saksen-Coburg weds Elisabeth of Bayern
  • Oct 3, 1900: Edward Elgar / Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham
  • Oct 4, 1900: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure Problem of Thor Bridge (BG)
  • Oct 5, 1900: 6th US Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 313 at Chicago Golf Club - Illinois
  • Oct 9, 1900: 8.3 earthquake shakes Cape Yakataga, Alaska
  • Oct 16, 1900: Queen Wilhelmina leaves Duke Heinrich Henry von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Oct 19, 1900: Henry O Tanner, painter, wins Medal of Honor at Paris Exposition
  • Oct 24, 1900: General Redvers Buller returns to England
  • Oct 25, 1900: England annexes Transvaal.
  • Oct 26, 1900: After 4 years of work, 1st section of New York subway opens
  • Oct 28, 1900: After over 5 months 2nd Olympic games in Paris France, close
  • Oct 30, 1900: 1st-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Oct 31, 1900: AL President Ban Johnson writes to NL President Nick Young seeking peace
  • Nov 6, 1900: Battle at Bothaville: General Major Charles Knox beats Boers
  • Nov 7, 1900: Battle of Leliefontein, a battle during which the Royal Canadian Dragoons win three Victoria Crosses.
  • Nov 29, 1900: Lord Kitchener succeeds lord Roberts up as Supreme Commander in South Africa
  • Nov 30, 1900: A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles
  • Dec 1, 1900: South African President Paul Kruger visits Flanders.
  • Dec 2, 1900: South African President Paul Kruger arrives in Germany.
  • Dec 7, 1900: Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission.
  • Dec 9, 1900: Dutch President Paul Kruger and Queen Wilhelmina have a triumphant procession.
  • Dec 12, 1900: National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is composed.
  • Dec 13, 1900: Battle at Nooitgedacht: generals The la Rey / Smuts beat Britten
  • Dec 14, 1900: Quantum Mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
  • Dec 16, 1900: Boer army under General Kritzinger take Cape colony.
  • Dec 17, 1900: New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million.
  • Dec 18, 1900: The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
  • Dec 19, 1900: Hopetoun Blunder: The first Governor-General of Australia John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun, appointed Sir William Lyne as premier of the new state New South Wales, but he is unable to persuade other colonial politicians to join his government and is forced to resign.
  • Dec 20, 1900: Giacobini discovers a comet (will be first comet visited by spacecraft).
  • Dec 25, 1900: Arthur Schnitzlers "Leutnant Gustl" forbidden in Germany.
  • Dec 29, 1900: General Viljoen surprise attack British garrison to Helvetia.
  • May 14, 1900: Opening of World Amateur championship at the Paris Exposition Universelle, also known as Olympic Games.


What does the year 1900 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1900 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 1st year of the 20th century and the 0th year of the 1900s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1899 and precedes 1901.

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