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.

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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1901

Peace Prize

  • Henry Dunant
  • Frédéric Passy


  • Sully Prudhomme


  • Wilhelm Röntgen


  • Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff

Physiology or Medicine

  • Emil Adolf von Behring
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1901?


  • 01 Jan Nigeria becomes a British protectorate.
  • 08 Jan New South Wales score 918 all out versus South Australia in 560 minutes.
  • 09 Jan New South Wales (918) defeat South Australia (157 and 156) by innings and 605.
  • 10 Jan The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
  • 18 Jan Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Graves De Communi Re.
  • 22 Jan After 63 years England stops sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series.
  • 24 Jan Emily Hobhouse views Lord Kitchener's concentration camp at Bloemfontein.
  • 31 Jan Boer General John Smuts and De la Rey conqueror Mud river Transvaal.
  • 02 Feb Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization.
  • 05 Feb Pierpont Morgan forms US Steel Corp.
  • 07 Feb Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
  • 18 Feb H Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner.
  • 20 Feb The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
  • 25 Feb US Steel Corp organizes under directorship of J P Morgan.
  • 04 Mar President William McKinley inaugurated for second term as President.
  • 11 Mar Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black second baseman Charlie Grant.
  • 15 Mar Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th.
  • 17 Mar Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in the Netherlands
  • 23 Mar Dame Nellie Melba, reveals secret of her now famous toast.
  • 25 Mar 55 die as Rock Island train derails near Marshalltown, Iowa.
  • 07 Apr SDAP demands general voting right / abolishing First Chamber
  • 19 Apr James J Caffrey wins Boston marathon (2:29:23.6)
  • 24 Apr 1st AL game, Chicago beats Cleveland Blues 8-2, 3 other games rained out
  • 25 Apr 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).
  • 29 Apr 27th Kentucky Derby Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75.
  • 01 May Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox.
  • 03 May Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville Florida.
  • 08 May In their long-delayed American League home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4.
  • 09 May Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
  • 12 May President McKinley visits San Francisco.
  • 16 May Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Priory School (BG)
  • 23 May Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent.
  • 24 May Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • 28 May 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2.
  • 30 May Hall of Fame for Great American on NYU campus dedicated
  • 02 Jun Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • 09 Jun New York Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cincinnati Reds 25-13.
  • 11 Jun Cook Islands annexed and proclaimed part of New Zealand.
  • 14 Jun 1st golf championship is played
  • 15 Jun 7th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 331 at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts
  • 20 Jun Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college
  • 24 Jun 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
  • 02 Jul Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana
  • 12 Jul Cy Young wins his 300th game
  • 15 Jul New York Giants Christy Mathewson no-hits Saint Louis, 5-0.
  • 22 Jul Serbia reactivates diplomatic relations with Montenegro
  • 24 Jul O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
  • 29 Jul The Socialist Party of America is founded.
  • 31 Jul Abraham Kuyper becomes Premier of the Netherlands
  • 01 Aug Burial within San Francisco City limits prohibited.
  • 05 Aug Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11 3/4 ins. The record will stand for 20 years.
  • 06 Aug Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • 10 Aug Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners.
  • 12 Aug Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony
  • 14 Aug SS Islander hits iceberg near Alaska and sinks killing 70
  • 15 Aug Arch Rock, danger to Bay shipping, blasted with 30 tons of nitro.
  • 20 Aug Fawcett committee visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony
  • 21 Aug 21st US Mens Tennis: William Larned beats Beals C Wright (62 68 64 64)
  • 22 Aug Cadillac Co forms
  • 28 Aug Silliman University is founded in the Philippines. The first American private school in the country.
  • 30 Aug Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner
  • 01 Sep Construction begins on New York Stock Exchange
  • 02 Sep VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, Speak softly & carry a big stick
  • 03 Sep Boer General Smuts enters Kiba Drift in Cape Colony
  • 05 Sep National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues formed.
  • 06 Sep Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
  • 07 Sep Peace of Peking - Ends Boxer Rebellion in China
  • 12 Sep Arabs attack Gedara Palestine.
  • 14 Sep US President William McKinley dies in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier.
  • 17 Sep Battle at Elands River Port: Boer General Smuts destroys unit 17th Lancers
  • 19 Sep 11 baseball games canceled due to funeral of President William McKinley
  • 24 Sep Theodore Roosevelt inaugeration as President of the USA.
  • 26 Sep Boer General Botha captures Fort Itala in Natal
  • 30 Sep Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner.
  • 02 Oct 1st Royal Naval submarine launched at Barrow
  • 12 Oct President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the ''Executive Mansion'' to the White House.
  • 19 Oct Santos-Dumont proves airship maneuverable by circling Eiffel Tower.
  • 24 Oct 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
  • 26 Oct 1st use of getaway car occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • 29 Oct Capital punishment: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of US President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.
  • 30 Oct Battle at Bakenlaagte: Lieutenant Colonel Bensons unit vs. Boers
  • 01 Nov Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male collegiate fraternity is established at Richmond College, in Richmond, VA.
  • 08 Nov Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
  • 13 Nov The 1901 Caister Lifeboat Disaster.
  • 15 Nov James J Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 27 Nov Gerhart Hauptmanns Der rote Hahn, premieres in Berlin
  • 29 Nov East 182nd Street in the Bronx is paved and opened.
  • 02 Dec Gillette patents 1st disposable razor
  • 03 Dec Milwaukee Brewers is dropped from the American League and replaced by Saint Louis Browns.
  • 11 Dec Marconi sends first transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland.
  • 12 Dec Marconi receives first transatlantic radio signal, England to US.
  • 13 Dec Test debut of S F Barnes versus Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, took 5-65 in first innings.
  • 16 Dec Boer general Kritzinger captured
  • 25 Dec Battle at Tweefontein Orange-Free state: Boers surprise attack British.