1903: On This Year


1903 (MCMIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1903th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1903 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1903 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1903, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1903, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1903, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1903, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1903.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1903 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1903 known for ?

  • 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.

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1903: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1903?

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1903: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

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1903: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1903 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Anna for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1903: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1903 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

1903: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1903 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

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

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1903: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1903, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Jack Tar March by Sousa's Band

1903: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1903 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Jack Tar March by Sousa's Band

1903: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1903 were:

Battle Royal

Battle Royal

Release year: 1903

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte

Release year: 1903

Directed by: Plamen Kartaloff

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Release year: 1903

Directed by: Casper Van Dien

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Release year: 1903

Directed by: Laetitia Colombani

The Monster

The Monster

Release year: 1903

Directed by: Georges Méliès

Starring: Georges Méliès


What happened in 1903?

Here's what happened in 1903:

  • Jan 1, 1903: Edward VII of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Emperor of India.
  • Jan 2, 1903: President T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Michigan, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black.
  • Jan 4, 1903: Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
  • Jan 6, 1903: Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam.
  • Jan 7, 1903: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Blanched Soldier
  • Jan 9, 1903: 2 NYers buy Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and moved it to New York
  • Jan 12, 1903: Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
  • Jan 17, 1903: El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • Jan 18, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.
  • Jan 19, 1903: New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced.
  • Jan 21, 1903: International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle New York City, New York.
  • Jan 29, 1903: Dutch railroad workers strike.
  • Feb 4, 1903: Stanley Cup: MontrTal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, two games to one and one tie.
  • Feb 11, 1903: Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria.
  • Feb 14, 1903: The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established (later split into the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor).
  • Feb 16, 1903: -59 degrees F (-51 degrees C), Pokegama Dam Minnesota (state record).
  • Feb 17, 1903: El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico becomes part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve.
  • Feb 18, 1903: Kuyper government launches anti strike laws.
  • Feb 20, 1903: Nick Young remains as National League president as AG Spalding ends challenge.
  • Feb 21, 1903: Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington DC.
  • Feb 22, 1903: Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water.
  • Feb 23, 1903: Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA.
  • Feb 24, 1903: US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
  • Feb 28, 1903: Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.
  • Mar 2, 1903: Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York City, New York.
  • Mar 3, 1903: North Carolina becomes first state requiring registration of nurses.
  • Mar 5, 1903: Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn.
  • Mar 10, 1903: Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine.
  • Mar 12, 1903: New York Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
  • Mar 14, 1903: Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in two games.
  • Mar 15, 1903: Frederick Lugard occupies Sokoto West Africa.
  • Mar 19, 1903: The oldest Turkish football club, Besiktas JK, is founded in Istanbul.
  • Mar 22, 1903: Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought.
  • Mar 23, 1903: Wright brothers obtain airplane patent.
  • Mar 26, 1903: American Hotel opens in Amsterdam.
  • Mar 31, 1903: Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
  • Apr 6, 1903: General railroad strike against "worgwetten" (anti-strike laws).
  • Apr 7, 1903: Fredrikstad Football Club (FFK) is founded in Norway.
  • Apr 14, 1903: Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (New York City, New York).
  • Apr 20, 1903: 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Massachusetts in 2:41:29.8.
  • Apr 22, 1903: New York Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game, Senators win 3-1 before 11,950
  • Apr 23, 1903: New York Highlanders (New York Yankees) win their first game beating Washington Senators 7-2.
  • Apr 29, 1903: Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank Alberta).
  • Apr 30, 1903: New York Highlanders (New York Yankees) first home game, (Hilltop Park-168th Steet and Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2.
  • May 2, 1903: 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker aboard Judge Himes wins in 2:09.
  • May 4, 1903: The leading Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary Gotse Delchev is killed in a skirmish with the Turkish army.
  • May 6, 1903: Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers.
  • May 14, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco.
  • May 15, 1903: US Treasury Department purchases 250,000 ounces of silver for the San Francisco Mint.
  • May 16, 1903: George Wyman makes 1st motorcycle trip across the US
  • May 17, 1903: Cleveland Indians beat the New York Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 18, 1903: The port of Burgas, Bulgaria opens.
  • May 22, 1903: Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • May 24, 1903: The Paris-Madrid race begins, during which at least eight people are killed.
  • May 26, 1903: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of 3 Gables (BG)
  • May 27, 1903: 37th Belmont Stakes: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75.
  • May 29, 1903: May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
  • May 30, 1903: 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8.
  • Jun 2, 1903: Netherlands Korfball League forms
  • Jun 11, 1903: A group of Serbian officers storms the royal palace and assassinates King Alexander I of Serbia and his wife, Queen Draga.
  • Jun 12, 1903: Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city.
  • Jun 14, 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.
  • Jun 16, 1903: Pepsi Cola company forms
  • Jun 21, 1903: Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Mazarine Stone takes place (BG)
  • Jun 24, 1903: Russia prohibits meetings dealing with Zionist
  • Jun 25, 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
  • Jun 27, 1903: 9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol Golf Club - New Jersey
  • Jun 29, 1903: British government protests against abuser in Belgian Congo
  • Jul 1, 1903: 1st Tour de France bicycle race begins
  • Jul 2, 1903: AL / NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later
  • Jul 4, 1903: Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends message.
  • Jul 6, 1903: George Wyman arrives in New York City by motorcycle 51 days out of San Francisco.
  • Jul 7, 1903: The British take over the Fulani Empire.
  • Jul 20, 1903: Giuseppe Sarto elected Pope Pius X.
  • Jul 23, 1903: Ford Motor Co sells 1st Model A car
  • Jul 25, 1903: Castle on top of Telegraph Hill closes.
  • Jul 30, 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.
  • Aug 2, 1903: Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey.
  • Aug 4, 1903: Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
  • Aug 8, 1903: 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
  • Aug 10, 1903: Paris Metro train fire takes place.
  • Aug 14, 1903: James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavywgt boxing title
  • Aug 16, 1903: Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, New York Yankees win 12-8.
  • Aug 17, 1903: Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University and begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • Aug 18, 1903: German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers.
  • Aug 23, 1903: 6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • Aug 25, 1903: Judiciary Act passed.
  • Aug 26, 1903: Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • Aug 27, 1903: 23rd US Mens Tennis: Hugh L Doherty beats William A Larned (60 63 108)
  • Aug 29, 1903: The Russian battleship Slava, the last of the five Borodino-class battleships, is launched.
  • Aug 31, 1903: Joe McGinnity wins his third doubleheader of the month.
  • Sep 6, 1903: Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure of Creeping Man (BG)
  • Sep 7, 1903: Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in New York.
  • Sep 9, 1903: 6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel of Switzerland inaugurated
  • Sep 11, 1903: The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
  • Sep 14, 1903: New York Giants Red Ames no-hits Saint Louis, 5-0 in a five inning game.
  • Sep 15, 1903: Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers criminals
  • Sep 17, 1903: Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3
  • Sep 19, 1903: King Leopold II deny Belgian cruelty in Congo
  • Sep 21, 1903: 1st cowboy film Kit Carson, premieres in US
  • Sep 22, 1903: Italo Marchiony granted patent for the ice cream cone.
  • Sep 24, 1903: Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Baston as Australia Premier
  • Sep 27, 1903: Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
  • Sep 29, 1903: Prussia becomes the first locality to require mandatory drivers licenses for operators of motor vehicles.
  • Sep 30, 1903: The new Gresham's School is officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
  • Oct 1, 1903: Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
  • Oct 5, 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.
  • Oct 9, 1903: 11 (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hours (NYC)
  • Oct 10, 1903: The Women's Social and Political Union is founded in the UK.
  • Oct 12, 1903: Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St, New York City
  • Oct 13, 1903: Boston wins its first of seven World Series titles, beating Pittsburgh at their home park, Huntington Avenue Grounds.
  • Oct 16, 1903: Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
  • Oct 20, 1903: US wins disputed boundary between the District of Alaska and Canada.
  • Oct 24, 1903: George Sutton becomes billiard champ.
  • Oct 26, 1903: Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay.
  • Nov 2, 1903: Lyceum Theater (New Lyceum) opens at 149 W 45th St, New York City
  • Nov 3, 1903: Colombia grants Panama independence.
  • Nov 4, 1903: With the encouragement of the United States, Panama proclaims itself independent from Colombia.
  • Nov 6, 1903: USA recognizea independence of Panama
  • Nov 13, 1903: The United States recognizes the independence of Panama.
  • Nov 17, 1903: The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups; the Bolsheviks (Russian for ''majority'') and Mensheviks (Russian for ''minority'').
  • Nov 18, 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.
  • Nov 19, 1903: Carrie Nation attempts to address the Senate.
  • Nov 23, 1903: Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, New York) in "Rigoletto".
  • Nov 24, 1903: Clyde Coleman of New York City patents automobile electric starter.
  • Dec 3, 1903: Panglima Polim surrenders to Captain Colijn at Atjeh.
  • Dec 6, 1903: Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders.
  • Dec 9, 1903: Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage.
  • Dec 10, 1903: Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre / Marie Curie
  • Dec 11, 1903: British forces under MacDonald and Young march into Tibet.
  • Dec 12, 1903: Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo.
  • Dec 13, 1903: Italo Marcioni patents the ice cream cone (New Jersey).
  • Dec 14, 1903: The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • Dec 16, 1903: Majestic Theater, New York City, New York, becomes first in US to employ women ushers.
  • Dec 17, 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.
  • Dec 19, 1903: Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
  • Dec 28, 1903: Electric lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago; 602 die.
  • Dec 29, 1903: French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari.
  • Dec 30, 1903: American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans Louisiana.
  • Jan 4, 1903: Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. The Edison film company records the film Electrocuting an Elephant of Topsy's death.


What does the year 1903 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1903 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 4th year of the 20th century and the 3rd year of the 1900s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1902 and precedes 1904.

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