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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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1902

Peace Prize

  • Élie Ducommun
  • Charles Albert Gobat


  • Theodor Mommsen


  • Hendrik Lorentz
  • Pieter Zeeman


  • Hermann Emil Fischer

Physiology or Medicine

  • Ronald Ross
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Music charts

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Top #1 songs in the USA


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Starring: R.P. Paranjpye

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1902?


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