1901: On This Year


1901 (MCMI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1901th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1901 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1901 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1901, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1901, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1901, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1901, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1901.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1901 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1901 known for ?

  • The year 1901 held landmarks in time that have continually shaped the present world, as we know it. A bit of history will keep us grounded as to where we are from and where we are journeying.
  • The art legend that is Van Gogh a Dutch artist received his first exhibition in March 17 and his artistic genius revealed to the world, eleven years after his death. The Bernheim-Jeune art gallery in Paris was the host of this iconic exhibition of 71 original works. Van Gogh had moved to France from the Netherlands where he met and was highly impressed by postimpressionist painters, the likes of Camille Pissarro. The jury is out on how he met the injury in his abdomen.
  • We cannot change the past, but the lessons and experiences of the past inspire the lesson for coming generations to create a brighter future. Nobel Prize Laureates are individuals from across the world that has made significant strides in the fields of physics, chemistry, literature, medicine and peace. The first Nobel Prize ceremony happened on December 10, 1901, five years after the death of Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite. Alfred had declared that most of his vast wealth to be distributed annually to those who had conferred significant benefits to humankind in the preceding year. Historians believe that Alfred’s contributions to war inventions pushed him to create the prize out of moral obligations. Two days later, on December 12, Marconi received a message from Newfoundland, Canada. Despite critics claiming that radio waves could not travel for more than 200 miles due to the curvature of the earth, Marconi did manage to get a radio signal across the Atlantic. The radio signal bound for space, when in the ionosphere; was reflected back to earth and received in Canada. This achievement won him a joint Nobel Prize in Physics with Ferdinand Braun, a German Radio inventor. This transatlantic transmission was to be the basis of further research on the laws of radio waves. To progress into the future, one must have an idea where we are from in our history. We have the present to work persistently hard towards creating a better tomorrow for the generations to come and for all humanity.

Your place in the Universe on 1901

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1901: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1901?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1901 was the Year of the Ox.

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1901: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1901: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 1901 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Emil Adolf von Behring
world population

1901: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1901 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Anna for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1901: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1901 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

1901: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1901 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

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1901: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1901, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was In the Shade of the Palm by J.W. Myers

1901: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1901 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. In the Shade of the Palm by J.W. Myers
  2. American Patrol by Sousa's Band

1901: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1901 were:

Pan-American Exposition by Night

Pan-American Exposition by Night

Release year: 1901

The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train

Release year: 1901

Directed by: Walter Forde



Release year: 1901

Directed by: Henry Bedwell

Another Job for the Undertaker

Another Job for the Undertaker

Release year: 1901

Photographing a Country Couple

Photographing a Country Couple

Release year: 1901

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter


What happened in 1901?

Here's what happened in 1901:

  • Jan 1, 1901: Nigeria becomes a British protectorate.
  • Jan 8, 1901: New South Wales score 918 all out versus South Australia in 560 minutes.
  • Jan 9, 1901: New South Wales (918) defeat South Australia (157 and 156) by innings and 605.
  • Jan 10, 1901: The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
  • Jan 18, 1901: Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Graves De Communi Re.
  • Jan 22, 1901: After 63 years England stops sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series.
  • Jan 24, 1901: Emily Hobhouse views Lord Kitchener's concentration camp at Bloemfontein.
  • Jan 31, 1901: Boer General John Smuts and De la Rey conqueror Mud river Transvaal.
  • Feb 2, 1901: Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization.
  • Feb 5, 1901: Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp.
  • Feb 7, 1901: Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
  • Feb 18, 1901: H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner.
  • Feb 20, 1901: The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
  • Feb 25, 1901: US Steel Corp organizes under directorship of J P Morgan.
  • Mar 4, 1901: President William McKinley inaugurated for second term as President.
  • Mar 11, 1901: Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black second baseman Charlie Grant.
  • Mar 15, 1901: Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th.
  • Mar 17, 1901: Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in the Netherlands
  • Mar 23, 1901: Dame Nellie Melba, reveals secret of her now famous toast.
  • Mar 25, 1901: 55 die as Rock Island train derails near Marshalltown, Iowa.
  • Apr 7, 1901: SDAP demands general voting right / abolishing First Chamber
  • Apr 19, 1901: James J Caffrey wins Boston marathon
  • Apr 24, 1901: 1st AL game, Chicago beats Cleveland Blues 8-2, 3 other games rained out
  • Apr 25, 1901: In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score ten runs to win one of the greatest comebacks in baseball (first game in Detroit).
  • Apr 29, 1901: 27th Kentucky Derby Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75.
  • May 1, 1901: Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox.
  • May 3, 1901: Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville Florida.
  • May 8, 1901: In their long-delayed American League home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4.
  • May 9, 1901: Australia opens its first national parliament in Melbourne.
  • May 12, 1901: President McKinley visits San Francisco.
  • May 16, 1901: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Priory School
  • May 23, 1901: Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent.
  • May 24, 1901: Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • May 28, 1901: 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2.
  • May 30, 1901: Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • Jun 2, 1901: Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday
  • Jun 9, 1901: New York Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cincinnati Reds 25-13.
  • Jun 11, 1901: Cook Islands annexed and proclaimed part of New Zealand.
  • Jun 14, 1901: 1st golf championship is played
  • Jun 15, 1901: 7th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 331 at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts
  • Jun 20, 1901: Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college
  • Jun 24, 1901: 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
  • Jul 2, 1901: Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana
  • Jul 12, 1901: Cy Young wins his 300th game
  • Jul 15, 1901: New York Giants Christy Mathewson no-hits Saint Louis, 5-0.
  • Jul 22, 1901: Serbia reactivates diplomatic relations with Montenegro
  • Jul 24, 1901: O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio, after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
  • Jul 29, 1901: The Socialist Party of America is founded.
  • Jul 31, 1901: Abraham Kuyper becomes Premier of the Netherlands
  • Aug 1, 1901: Burial within San Francisco City limits prohibited.
  • Aug 5, 1901: Peter O'Connor sets the first World Athletics recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11.75 in (7.6137 m), a record that would stand for 20 years.
  • Aug 6, 1901: Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • Aug 10, 1901: Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners.
  • Aug 12, 1901: Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony
  • Aug 14, 1901: SS Islander hits iceberg near Alaska and sinks killing 70
  • Aug 15, 1901: Arch Rock, danger to Bay shipping, blasted with 30 tons of nitro.
  • Aug 20, 1901: Fawcett committee visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony
  • Aug 21, 1901: 21st US Mens Tennis: William Larned beats Beals C Wright
  • Aug 22, 1901: Cadillac Co forms
  • Aug 28, 1901: Silliman University is founded in the Philippines. It is the first American private school in the country.
  • Aug 30, 1901: Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner
  • Sep 1, 1901: Construction begins on New York Stock Exchange
  • Sep 2, 1901: VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, Speak softly & carry a big stick
  • Sep 3, 1901: Boer General Smuts enters Kiba Drift in Cape Colony
  • Sep 5, 1901: National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues formed.
  • Sep 6, 1901: Leon Czolgosz, an unemployed anarchist, shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
  • Sep 7, 1901: Peace of Peking - Ends Boxer Rebellion in China
  • Sep 12, 1901: Arabs attack Gedara Palestine.
  • Sep 14, 1901: US President William McKinley dies in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier.
  • Sep 17, 1901: Battle at Elands River Port: Boer General Smuts destroys unit 17th Lancers
  • Sep 19, 1901: 11 baseball games canceled due to funeral of President William McKinley
  • Sep 24, 1901: Theodore Roosevelt inaugeration as President of the USA.
  • Sep 26, 1901: Boer General Botha captures Fort Itala in Natal
  • Sep 30, 1901: Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner.
  • Oct 2, 1901: 1st Royal Naval submarine launched at Barrow
  • Oct 12, 1901: President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the ''Executive Mansion'' to the White House.
  • Oct 19, 1901: Santos-Dumont proves airship maneuverable by circling Eiffel Tower.
  • Oct 24, 1901: 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
  • Oct 26, 1901: 1st use of getaway car occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • Oct 29, 1901: Capital punishment: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of US President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.
  • Oct 30, 1901: Battle at Bakenlaagte: Lieutenant Colonel Bensons unit vs. Boers
  • Nov 1, 1901: Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male collegiate fraternity is established at Richmond College, in Richmond, VA.
  • Nov 8, 1901: Gospel riots: Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
  • Nov 13, 1901: The 1901 Caister Lifeboat Disaster.
  • Nov 15, 1901: James J Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Nov 27, 1901: Gerhart Hauptmanns Der rote Hahn, premieres in Berlin
  • Nov 29, 1901: East 182nd Street in the Bronx is paved and opened.
  • Dec 2, 1901: Gillette patents 1st disposable razor
  • Dec 3, 1901: Milwaukee Brewers is dropped from the American League and replaced by Saint Louis Browns.
  • Dec 11, 1901: Marconi sends first transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland.
  • Dec 12, 1901: Marconi receives first transatlantic radio signal, England to US.
  • Dec 13, 1901: Test debut of S F Barnes versus Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, took 5-65 in first innings.
  • Dec 16, 1901: Boer general Kritzinger captured
  • Dec 25, 1901: Battle at Tweefontein Orange-Free state: Boers surprise attack British.
  • Jan 1, 1901: The Southern Nigeria Protectorate is established within the British Empire.


What does the year 1901 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1901 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 2nd year of the 20th century and the 1st year of the 1900s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1900 and precedes 1902.

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