Set during a time when Theodore Roosevelt was President, 1903 was a year of many firsts. As a side note, the world back then was much smaller. Experts estimate the world population then to have been just over 1.6 billion people. These 365 days laid the foundation for many things we now take for granted: women’s rights, automobiles, modern toys, books, famous races, and t modern airport congestion. It gave birth to people like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and saw an end to western performer Calamity Jane. This year’s most popular names were classics: Mary and John. In short, like all years, this one is worth remembering.
A lot changed in 1903. Let’s start with the progress made by nearly half of the world’s population: women. In this year, Aida De Acosta, became the first woman to operate a powered-aircraft without assistance; she piloted a dirigible from Paris to the Château De Bagatelle. In addition to the first woman pilot, this year also saw Madame Curie win the Nobel Prize for Physics; she later became the first woman to win two. In addition, this was the year Norway voted unanimously to grant women the right to vote. However, ladies were not the only people to benefit from these 365 days. Children gained a new best friend: the Teddy Bear. On February 15th of this year, Rose and Morris Michtom completed stitching together the first of these cuddly little guys. The classic Call of the Wild and the thought provoking The Soul of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois were published. People, books, and toys were not the only things that changed. In the world of sports, the first Tour De France was hosted. Henry Ford changed automobiles forever and incorporated his automobile company. The first western, The Great Train Robbery, also saw its debut in 1903. In addition, Australia saw the first sitting and decision of its highest court. Additionally, this year also set the foundations for airports and airplanes worldwide. On December 17th of 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first sustained flight at Kitty Hawk. So, whether you want to cuddle up with your Teddy Ruxpin, watch a Clint Eastwood marathon, or take a two-hour flight to Orlando, you can thank 1903 for that.
All Nobel Prize winners of 1903
- Randal Cremer
- Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
- Henri Becquerel
- Pierre Curie
- Marie Curie
- Svante Arrhenius
Physiology or Medicine
- Niels Ryberg Finsen
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- 01 Jan 1903 Edward VII of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Emperor of India.
- 02 Jan 1903 President T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Michigan, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black.
- 04 Jan 1903 Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
- 06 Jan 1903 Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam.
- 07 Jan 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Blanched Soldier (BG)
- 09 Jan 1903 2 NYers buy Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and moved it to New York
- 12 Jan 1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
- 17 Jan 1903 El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 18 Jan 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
- 19 Jan 1903 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced.
- 21 Jan 1903 International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle New York City, New York.
- 29 Jan 1903 Dutch railroad workers strike.
- 04 Feb 1903 Stanley Cup: MontrTal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, two games to one and one tie.
- 11 Feb 1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
- 14 Feb 1903 The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into Department of Commerce and Department of Labor).
- 16 Feb 1903 -59 degrees F (-51 degrees C), Pokegama Dam Minnesota (state record).
- 17 Feb 1903 El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
- 18 Feb 1903 Kuyper government launches anti strike laws.
- 20 Feb 1903 Nick Young remains as National League president as AG Spalding ends challenge.
- 21 Feb 1903 Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington DC.
- 22 Feb 1903 Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water.
- 23 Feb 1903 Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA.
- 24 Feb 1903 US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
- 28 Feb 1903 Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.
- 02 Mar 1903 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York City, New York.
- 03 Mar 1903 North Carolina becomes first state requiring registration of nurses.
- 05 Mar 1903 Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn.
- 10 Mar 1903 Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine.
- 12 Mar 1903 New York Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
- 14 Mar 1903 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in two games.
- 15 Mar 1903 Frederick Lugard occupies Sokoto West Africa.
- 19 Mar 1903 The oldest Turkish football club, Besiktas JK, is founded in Istanbul.
- 22 Mar 1903 Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought.
- 23 Mar 1903 Wright brothers obtain airplane patent.
- 26 Mar 1903 American Hotel opens in Amsterdam.
- 31 Mar 1903 Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
- 06 Apr 1903 General railroad strike against "worgwetten" (anti-strike laws).
- 07 Apr 1903 Fredrikstad Football Club (FFK) is founded in Norway.
- 14 Apr 1903 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (New York City, New York).
- 20 Apr 1903 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Massachusetts in 2:41:29.8.
- 22 Apr 1903 New York Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game, Senators win 3-1 before 11,950
- 23 Apr 1903 New York Highlanders (New York Yankees) win their first game beating Washington Senators 7-2.
- 29 Apr 1903 Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank Alberta).
- 30 Apr 1903 New York Highlanders (New York Yankees) first home game, (Hilltop Park-168th Steet and Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2.
- 02 May 1903 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker aboard Judge Himes wins in 2:09.
- 04 May 1903 The leading Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary Gotse Delchev is killed in a skirmish with the Turkish army.
- 06 May 1903 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers.
- 14 May 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco.
- 15 May 1903 US Treasury Department purchases 250,000 ounces of silver for the San Francisco Mint.
- 16 May 1903 George Wyman makes 1st motorcycle trip across the US
- 17 May 1903 Cleveland Indians beat the New York Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
- 18 May 1903 The port of Burgas, Bulgaria opens.
- 22 May 1903 Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
- 24 May 1903 The Paris-Madrid race begins, during which at least eight people are killed.
- 26 May 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of 3 Gables (BG)
- 27 May 1903 37th Belmont Stakes: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75.
- 29 May 1903 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
- 30 May 1903 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8.
- 02 Jun 1903 Netherlands Korfball League forms
- 11 Jun 1903 Group of Serbian officers stormed royal palace and assassinated King Alexander Obrenovic and his wife queen Draga.
- 12 Jun 1903 Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city.
- 14 Jun 1903 The town of Heppner, Oregon, is nearly destroyed by a cloud burst that resulted in a flash flood that kills an estimated 238 people.
- 16 Jun 1903 Pepsi Cola company forms
- 21 Jun 1903 Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Mazarine Stone takes place (BG)
- 24 Jun 1903 Russia prohibits meetings dealing with Zionist
- 25 Jun 1903 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 and 5-3
- 27 Jun 1903 9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
- 29 Jun 1903 British government protests against abuser in Belgian Congo
- 01 Jul 1903 1st Tour de France bicycle race begins
- 02 Jul 1903 AL / NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later
- 04 Jul 1903 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends message.
- 06 Jul 1903 George Wyman arrives in New York City by motorcycle 51 days out of San Francisco.
- 07 Jul 1903 The British take over the Fulani Empire.
- 20 Jul 1903 Giuseppe Sarto elected Pope Pius X.
- 23 Jul 1903 Ford Motor Co sells 1st Model A car
- 25 Jul 1903 Castle on top of Telegraph Hill closes.
- 30 Jul 1903 August 23 (July 17ampndashAugust 10, O.S.) ampndash Second Congress of the All-Russian Social Democratic Labour Party held in exile in Brussels, transferring to London.
- 02 Aug 1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey.
- 04 Aug 1903 Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
- 08 Aug 1903 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
- 10 Aug 1903 Paris Metro train fire takes place.
- 14 Aug 1903 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavywgt boxing title
- 16 Aug 1903 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, New York Yankees win 12-8.
- 17 Aug 1903 Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University and begins Pulitzer Prizes
- 18 Aug 1903 German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
- 23 Aug 1903 6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
- 25 Aug 1903 Judiciary Act passed.
- 26 Aug 1903 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
- 27 Aug 1903 23rd US Mens Tennis: Hugh L Doherty beats William A Larned (60 63 108)
- 29 Aug 1903 The Russian battleship Slava, the last of the five Borodino-class battleships, is launched.
- 31 Aug 1903 Joe McGinnity wins his third doubleheader of the month.
- 06 Sep 1903 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Creeping Man (BG)
- 07 Sep 1903 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in New York.
- 09 Sep 1903 6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel of Switzerland inaugurated
- 11 Sep 1903 The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
- 14 Sep 1903 New York Giants Red Ames no-hits Saint Louis, 5-0 in a five inning game.
- 15 Sep 1903 Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers criminals
- 17 Sep 1903 Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3
- 19 Sep 1903 King Leopold II deny Belgian cruelty in Congo
- 21 Sep 1903 1st cowboy film Kit Carson, premieres in US
- 22 Sep 1903 Italo Marchiony granted patent for the ice cream cone.
- 24 Sep 1903 Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Baston as Australia Premier
- 27 Sep 1903 Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
- 29 Sep 1903 Prussia becomes the first locality to require mandatory drivers licenses for operators of motor vehicles.
- 30 Sep 1903 The new Gresham's School is officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
- 01 Oct 1903 Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
- 05 Oct 1903 Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
- 09 Oct 1903 11 (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hours (NYC)
- 10 Oct 1903 The Women's Social and Political Union is founded in the UK.
- 12 Oct 1903 Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St, New York City
- 13 Oct 1903 Boston wins its first of seven World Series titles, beating Pittsburgh at their home park, Huntington Avenue Grounds.
- 16 Oct 1903 Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
- 20 Oct 1903 US wins disputed boundary between the District of Alaska and Canada.
- 24 Oct 1903 George Sutton becomes billiard champ.
- 26 Oct 1903 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay.
- 02 Nov 1903 Lyceum Theater (New Lyceum) opens at 149 W 45th St, New York City
- 03 Nov 1903 Colombia grants Panama independence.
- 04 Nov 1903 With the encouragement of the United States, Panama proclaims itself independent from Colombia.
- 06 Nov 1903 USA recognizea independence of Panama
- 13 Nov 1903 The United States recognizes the independence of Panama.
- 17 Nov 1903 The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups; the Bolsheviks (Russian for ''majority'') and Mensheviks (Russian for ''minority'').
- 18 Nov 1903 The Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.
- 19 Nov 1903 Carrie Nation attempts to address the Senate.
- 23 Nov 1903 Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, New York) in "Rigoletto".
- 24 Nov 1903 Clyde Coleman of New York City patents automobile electric starter.
- 03 Dec 1903 Panglima Polim surrenders to Captain Colijn at Atjeh.
- 06 Dec 1903 Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders.
- 09 Dec 1903 Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage.
- 10 Dec 1903 Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre / Marie Curie
- 11 Dec 1903 British forces under MacDonald and Young march into Tibet.
- 12 Dec 1903 Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo.
- 13 Dec 1903 Italo Marcioni patents the ice cream cone (New Jersey).
- 14 Dec 1903 The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
- 16 Dec 1903 Majestic Theater, New York City, New York, becomes first in US to employ women ushers.
- 17 Dec 1903 At 10:35 AM, the first sustained, controlled, powered aircraft flight is made by Orville Wright in 12hp Flyer I at Kill Devil Hills, Kittyhawk, North Carolina. The flight lasts 12 seconds.
- 19 Dec 1903 Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
- 28 Dec 1903 Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago; 602 die.
- 29 Dec 1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari.
- 30 Dec 1903 American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans Louisiana.