1902: On This Year


1902 (MCMII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1902th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1902 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1902 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1902, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1902, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1902, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1902, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1902.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1902 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1902 known for ?

  • The first movie theater in the USA opened in Los Angeles just eleven days before Leon Serpollet set a new speed record in a car of 119 km/h in Nice, France on April 13. Jack and the Beanstalk film directed by Edwin S. Porter hit the theaters in this year.
  • A group of football fans came together on March 6, to form the Madrid Foot Ball Club. With time, the club changed its name to Real Madrid. It is predominantly one of the most successful football clubs in the world with a trophy for being the best club of the 20th century in the year 2000. Real Madrid in its trophy cabinet has 11 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 3 Intercontinental Cups, 3 European Super Cups, , 32 Ligas, 19 Copas Del Rey, 9 Spanish Super Cups, 1 League Cup, 2 small world cups, 2 Latin Cups, 18 Regional Championships, 5 Mancomunados, 1 FIFA Club world cup. To date, Real Madrid is one of the few teams operated and owned by the members.
  • After many experiments, the Curies, Marie and Pierre Curie, achieved success with isolating, radioactive radium salts from pitchblende in their Paris Laboratory. The Curies had discovered radium and polonium elements while researching on pitchblende. The Curies shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with fellow compatriot, A. Henri Becquerel.
  • On May 28, the Macmillan Press published Owen Wister’s novel, The Virginian. The novel describes the life of Cowboys of Wyoming, USA, and it is the first true western ever written. Owen Wister inspired other authors including Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour and several more.
  • Pablo Picasso completed in 1902, The Femme aux Bras Croises, one of the famous blue period paintings. The Wright brothers flew the No. 3 Glider with assisted take off. In Paris, Herlad de Bradsky and Paul Morin fell to their death after an airship of their design came apart.

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1902: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1902 were:

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim


Jim, a young British seaman, abandons a ship full of pilgrims, but the passengers are later saved, leading to his public censure. Joseph Conrad, a Polish author who wrote in English, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of …

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day Of The Jackal


THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FOSTER"The Day of the Jackal makes comparable books like The Manchurian Candidate or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold look like Hardy Boy mysteries The

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of Being tells the story about a young woman who falls in love with a man who is unable to choose between his love for her or his incorrigible womanizing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History


Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize 2014 for her novel The Goldfinch. She established herself as an important talent with The Secret History which is now a modern classic.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Tiger chinese zodiac sign

1902: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1902?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1902 was the Year of the Tiger.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Tiger sign.

Nobel Prize

1902: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1902: Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry ?

In 1902 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to:
  • Hermann Emil Fischer
world population

1902: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1902 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Anna for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1902: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1902 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

1902: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1902 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

vinyl songs

1902: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1902, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Semper Fidelis by Sousa's Band

1902: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1902 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Semper Fidelis by Sousa's Band

1902: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1902 were:

Snow White

Snow White

Release year: 1902

Directed by: N/A

Starring: N/A

Country: United States of America

Sr. Wrangler Mr. R.P. Paranjpe

Sr. Wrangler Mr. R.P. Paranjpe

Release year: 1902

Directed by: Harishchandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar

Starring: R.P. Paranjpye


What happened in 1902?

Here's what happened in 1902:

  • Jan 1, 1902: The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California.
  • Jan 3, 1902: Reg Duff 104 on Test debut, versus England at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Jan 4, 1902: Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick versus England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Jan 8, 1902: A train collision in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel kills 17, injures 38, and leads to increased demand for electric trains and led to the banning of Steam locomotives in the state.
  • Jan 13, 1902: Textile workers strike in Enschede Netherlands till June 1.
  • Jan 23, 1902: Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in two for the Stanley Cup.
  • Jan 24, 1902: Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA.
  • Jan 28, 1902: The Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C., with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
  • Jan 30, 1902: The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance is signed in London.
  • Feb 1, 1902: Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben" premieres in Berlin.
  • Feb 11, 1902: Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels.
  • Feb 15, 1902: Underground railway (U-Bahn).
  • Feb 18, 1902: Opera Hunchback of Notre Dame, premieres in Monte Carlo
  • Feb 20, 1902: Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks and damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco.
  • Feb 21, 1902: Dr Harvey Cushing, first US brain surgeon, does his first brain operation.
  • Feb 24, 1902: Battle at Yzer Spruit Boer General De la Rey beats British.
  • Feb 27, 1902: Second Boer War: Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant is executed in Pretoria.
  • Feb 28, 1902: Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo.
  • Mar 4, 1902: American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago.
  • Mar 6, 1902: Real Madrid: Real Madrid was founded.
  • Mar 7, 1902: Boers beat British troop in Tweebosch Transvaal.
  • Mar 9, 1902: Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna.
  • Mar 10, 1902: Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri.
  • Mar 17, 1902: Stanley Cup: MontrTal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, two games to 1.
  • Mar 18, 1902: Enrico Caruso becomes first well-known performer to make a record.
  • Mar 25, 1902: Irving W Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine.
  • Mar 28, 1902: 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville Tennessee (state record).
  • Apr 2, 1902: ''Electric Theatre'', the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
  • Apr 4, 1902: Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund established with $10 million.
  • Apr 5, 1902: Soccer match riot between Scotland and England kills 25.
  • Apr 7, 1902: Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms.
  • Apr 11, 1902: Battle at Rooiwal, South Africa.
  • Apr 13, 1902: James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
  • Apr 14, 1902: Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium.
  • Apr 15, 1902: Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On the Church in the US".
  • Apr 18, 1902: Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals.
  • Apr 19, 1902: 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12.
  • Apr 20, 1902: Marie and Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium.
  • Apr 25, 1902: Erwin Harvey becomes first Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game.
  • Apr 26, 1902: Hibernian FC won the Scottish Cup 1–0 against Glasgow Celtic FC, the last time in their history they have won the competition.
  • May 2, 1902: A Trip To The Moon, the 1st science fiction film released
  • May 3, 1902: 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75.
  • May 5, 1902: The Commonwealth Public Service Act creates Australia's Public Service.
  • May 6, 1902: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
  • May 7, 1902: Soufriere volcano on Saint Vincent kills 2-5,000.
  • May 8, 1902: In Martinique, Mount Pelee erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast.
  • May 13, 1902: Alfonso XIII of Spain begins his reign.
  • May 15, 1902: Lyman Gilmore is first person to fly a powered craft.
  • May 17, 1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.
  • May 19, 1902: Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria.
  • May 20, 1902: US military occupation of Cuba (since January 1, 1899) ends.
  • May 22, 1902: 36th Belmont Stakes: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6.
  • May 24, 1902: Empire Day first celebrated in Britain.
  • May 27, 1902: 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8.
  • May 29, 1902: Dutch State Mine law forms.
  • May 31, 1902: Boer War Ends; Treaty of Vereeniging signed, Britain annexes Transvaal.
  • Jun 1, 1902: Blue-White United soccer team of Amsterdam forms
  • Jun 2, 1902: The Anthracite Coal Strike begins in the United States.
  • Jun 10, 1902: Patent for window envelope granted to H.F. Callahan.
  • Jun 13, 1902: Prussian Upper house gives 350 million marks to Poland
  • Jun 15, 1902: The New York Central railroad inaugurates the ''20th Century Limited'' passenger train between Chicago and New York City, New York.
  • Jun 16, 1902: Australia: Female British subjects (with the exception of Asians, Aborigines and Africans) win the vote with the Uniform Franchise Act.
  • Jun 17, 1902: Norwich City Football Club is formed.
  • Jun 24, 1902: King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
  • Jun 26, 1902: Order of Merit instituted by King Edward VII
  • Jun 28, 1902: US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million
  • Jun 30, 1902: Cleveland is 1st AL team to hit 3 consecutive HRs in same inning
  • Jul 1, 1902: Ranji (230) and Newham (153) add 344 for 7th wkt, Sussex vs. Essex
  • Jul 2, 1902: John J McGraw becomes manager of New York Giants (stays for 30 years).
  • Jul 3, 1902: Excelsior soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 8, 1902: John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore and Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
  • Jul 10, 1902: The Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, PA kills 112 miners.
  • Jul 11, 1902: British Premier Lord Salisbury resigns
  • Jul 12, 1902: Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
  • Jul 14, 1902: The Campanile in St. Mark's Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta.
  • Jul 15, 1902: Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch, for Sussex vs. Surrey
  • Jul 16, 1902: John McGraw named manager of New York Giants
  • Jul 17, 1902: Orioles forfeit to St. Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the American League
  • Jul 19, 1902: New York Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw
  • Jul 21, 1902: Fluminense Football Club is founded in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Jul 25, 1902: James J Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 26, 1902: Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford
  • Jul 29, 1902: Union of Orthodox Rabbis of US and Canada forms
  • Jul 30, 1902: Anti-Jewish rioters attack funeral procession of Rabbi Joseph (NYC)
  • Aug 1, 1902: Building begins on Dutch public housing
  • Aug 4, 1902: The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
  • Aug 8, 1902: 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York
  • Aug 9, 1902: Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Aug 13, 1902: England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
  • Aug 22, 1902: Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to make a public appearance in an automobile.
  • Aug 24, 1902: A statue of Joan of Arc is unveiled in Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier.
  • Aug 30, 1902: In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts again, destroying the town of Morne-Rouge causing 1000 deaths.
  • Aug 31, 1902: Split skirt first worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider).
  • Sep 1, 1902: Tinker, Evers, and Chance appear together for 1st time
  • Sep 3, 1902: Pittsburgh Pirates, win earliest pennent
  • Sep 10, 1902: Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • Sep 17, 1902: US protests anti-semitism in Romania
  • Sep 20, 1902: Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0.
  • Sep 24, 1902: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Red Circle (BG)
  • Sep 29, 1902: Impresario David Belasco opened his first Broadway theater.
  • Oct 11, 1902: 8th US Golf Open: Laurie Auchterlonie shoots a 307 at Garden City, New York
  • Oct 13, 1902: Arna W Bontemps noted Poet and librarian of Fisk University
  • Oct 16, 1902: The first Borstal (youth offenders' institution) opens in Borstal, Kent, U.K.
  • Oct 21, 1902: In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
  • Oct 25, 1902: Santa Maria Guatemala hit by Earthquake; about 6,000 die
  • Nov 15, 1902: Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
  • Nov 18, 1902: Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt
  • Nov 20, 1902: Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
  • Nov 30, 1902: American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.
  • Dec 2, 1902: Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer.
  • Dec 8, 1902: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court.
  • Dec 10, 1902: Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.
  • Dec 14, 1902: The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Dec 26, 1902: Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) and Christy Williams (42).
  • Dec 28, 1902: Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US.
  • Dec 30, 1902: Discovery Expedition: Scott, Shackleton and Wilson reach the furthest southern point reached thus far by man, south of 82°S.
  • Dec 31, 1902: Boers and British army sign peace treaty.
  • Feb 27, 1902: Second Boer War: Australian soldiers Harry "Breaker" Morant and Peter Handcock are executed in Pretoria after being convicted of war crimes.


What does the year 1902 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1902 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 3rd year of the 20th century and the 2nd year of the 1900s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1901 and precedes 1903.

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