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Notable Historical Events - 1903

1903President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

1903Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are engaged

1903Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie

1903Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam

1903james j jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1903Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates

1903Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam

1903Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.

1903At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

1903Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC

1903 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
In Delhi, a great durbar, or formal reception, marks the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India; the British release some 16,000 prisoners in honor of the occasion 
Jan 2
Pres T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black 
Jan 4
Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign. 
Jan 5
SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use 
Jan 6
Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam 
Jan 7
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG) 
Jan 7
Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger," premieres in Brussel 
Jan 9
2 NYers buy Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 & moved it to NY 
Jan 9
Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace 
Jan 9
Wind Cave National Park, SD established 
Jan 9
Frank Farrell & Bill Devery purchase AL Balt franchise for $18,000 & move it to NYC (Yankees) 
Jan 12
Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam 
Jan 12
Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170 
Jan 19
1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England 
Jan 19
New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced 
Jan 21
"Wizard of Oz," premieres in NYC 
Jan 21
Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam 
Jan 21
International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC 
Jan 22
The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington DC (never ratified) 
Jan 29
Dutch railroad workers strike 
Feb 3
Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa 
Feb 4
Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie 
Feb 7
VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo 
Feb 11
Anton Bruckner's 9th Symfonie premieres in Vienna 
Feb 11
US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to 'expedite' anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Roosevelt's 'trust busting' campaign 
Feb 14
US Dept of Commerce & Labor forms 
Feb 15
1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom 
Feb 16
-59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record) 
Feb 18
Kuyper government launches anti strike laws 
Feb 20
Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge 
Feb 21
Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC 
Feb 22
Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water 
Feb 23
The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations 
Feb 23
The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian 
Feb 28
Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000 
Mar 2
Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC 
Mar 3
North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses 
Mar 5
Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn up 
Mar 10
Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine 
Mar 10
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Montreal AAA in 2 games 
Mar 12
NY Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL 
Mar 14
1st national bird reservation established in Sebastian, FL 
Mar 14
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in 2 games 
Mar 14
WB Yeats & Lady Gregory's "Hour-glass" premieres in Dublin 
Mar 15
After years of fighting between the British and the rebellious Africans, the British claim supremacy over 500,000 square miles, thus controlling all northern Nigeria 
Mar 18
Following through on its attacks on Roman Catholic institutions, the French Government dissolves the Catholic religious orders 
Mar 22
NY Highlanders (Yankees) tickets 1st go on sale 
Mar 22
Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought 
Mar 22
The Anthracite Coal Commission, set up by President Roosevelt, submits its recommendations for shorter hours, a 10-per cent wage increase, and an 'open shop' 
Mar 23
Wright brothers obtain airplane patent 
Mar 25
Racing Club de Avellaneda, one of the big five of Argentina, is founded. 
Mar 26
American Hotel opens in Amsterdam 
Mar 31
Richard Pearse flies monoplane several hundred yards (NZ) 
Apr 6
General railroad strike against "worgwetten" (anti-strike laws) 
Apr 6
The Kishinev pogrom in Bessarabia begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world. 
Apr 6
In Holland, railroad and dock workers go out on strike, but the government passes anti-strike bills, calls out troops, and promptly ends the strike on the 13th April 
Apr 14
Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC) 
Apr 20
7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8 
Apr 22
American Power Boat Association forms 
Apr 22
NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game, Senators win 3-1 before 11,950 
Apr 23
NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Wash Senators 7-2 
Apr 27
1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out, Phila A's win 6-0 
Apr 27
Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens 
Apr 29
Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank, Alberta) 
Apr 30
NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Wash Senators, 6-2 
May 1
King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904 
May 2
29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09 
May 3
AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo 
May 6
Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers 
May 14
President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco 
May 16
1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann) 
May 17
Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio 
May 20
Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State 
May 22
Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic. 
May 23
1st automobile trip across US from San Francisco to NY, ended April 1 
May 23
1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin 
May 26
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Three Gables" (BG) 
May 27
37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75 
May 27
Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam 
May 29
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
28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8 
Jun 2
Netherlands Korfball League forms 
Jun 2
Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers 
Jun 6
President Emile Loubet of France and Minister of Foreign Affairs Theophile Declasse visit London, furthering the cause of Entente Cordiale between Britain and France 
Jun 10
In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a military coup d'etat- led by the Queen's brother-in-law and other offices - kills King Alexander I of Serbia, Queen Draga, and many officers 
Jun 12
Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city 
Jun 12
The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is founded at the University of Michigan School of Music. 
Jun 15
The Serbian Assembly meets and elects Prince Peter Karageorgevich king 
Jun 16
1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox 
Jun 16
Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates 
Jun 16
Pepsi Cola company forms 
Jun 16
Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway. 
Jun 18
1st transcontinental auto trip begins in SF; arrives NY 3-mo later 
Jun 21
Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Mazarine Stone" takes place (BG) 
Jun 24
Russia prohibits meetings dealing with Zionist 
Jun 25
Yanks & White Sox end deadlocked at 6-6 in 18 
Jun 25
Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3 
Jun 27
9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol GC NJ 
Jun 29
British government protests against abuses in Belgian Congo 
Jul 1
1st Tour de France bicycle race begins 
Jul 1
20th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats E Larcombe (4-6 6-4 6-2) 
Jul 1
27th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats F Riseley (7-5 6-3 6-0) 
Jul 2
AL/NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later 
Jul 2
Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs 
Jul 4
Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message 
Jul 6
George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of SF 
Jul 17
The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government 
Jul 20
Giuseppe Sarto elected Pope Pius X, known as the 'pope of the poor and humble' 
Jul 25
Castle on top of Telegraph Hill closes 
Aug 1
1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed 
Aug 2
Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey 
Aug 4
Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X 
Aug 8
3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1) 
Aug 8
In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleve, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park & forfeits game 
Aug 12
The Japanese Minister to Russia presents a note to the Russian Government protesting against its failure to evacuate Manchuria 
Aug 14
james j jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title 
Aug 15
The New Zealand All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; New Zealand wins, 22-3 
Aug 16
Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8 
Aug 17
Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & begins Pulitzer Prizes 
Aug 19
Phillies suffer record 9th straight posponed game 
Aug 23
6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state 
Aug 26
Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game 
Aug 27
23rd US Men's Tennis: Hugh L Doherty beats William A Larned (6-0 6-3 10-8) 
Aug 29
The Finance Minister, Count Witte, is dismissed in what is seen as a victory for those in Russia who want their country to expand into Manchuria and Korea in defiance of the Japanese 
Aug 31
Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month 
Sep 3
Resolute beats Shamrock III (England) in 13th America's Cup 
Sep 6
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Creeping Man" (BG) 
Sep 7
Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY 
Sep 9
6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel of Switzerland inaugurated 
Sep 11
The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world. 
Sep 14
NY Giant Red Ames no-hits St Louis, 5-0 in a 5 inning game 
Sep 15
Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals" 
Sep 17
Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3 
Sep 18
Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0 
Sep 19
King Leopold II denies Belgian cruelty in Congo 
Sep 21
1st cowboy film "Kit Carson" premieres in US 
Sep 22
Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone 
Sep 24
Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier 
Sep 24
Bill Bradley becomes 1st Cleveland baseball player (Cleveland Naps) to hit for cycle 
Sep 27
Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name. 
Sep 30
New Gresham's School officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood. 
Oct 1
1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) 
Oct 5
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 6
The High Court of Australia sits for the first time. 
Oct 8
J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin 
Oct 9
11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC) 
Oct 10
The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain. 
Oct 12
Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC 
Oct 13
Pilgrims beat Pirates 5 games to 3 in 1st World Series 
Oct 13
Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland" premieres in NYC 
Oct 16
Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia 
Oct 20
US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada 
Oct 24
First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1) 
Oct 24
George Sutton becomes billards champion 
Oct 26
Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay 
Oct 30
In violation of their promise to evacuate Manchuria, the Russian reoccupy Mukden and reinforce their troops in Manchuria 
Nov 2
Lyceum Theater (New Lyceum) opens at 149 W 45th St NYC 
Nov 2
New Amsterdam Theater opens at 214 W 42nd St NYC 
Nov 3
Colombia grants independence to Panama 
Nov 3
Giovanni Giolitti becomes Permier of Italy; a progressive liberal, he will hold his post through most of the next decade and introduce social, agrarian and labor reforms 
Nov 4
Panama and Colombia wake up to news that the insurrectionists have declared an independent Republic of Panama 
Nov 6
USA recognizes independence of Panama 
Nov 15
Eugen d'Albert's opera "Tiefland" premieres in Prague 
Nov 16
V Herbert & H Smith' musical "Babette" premieres in NYC 
Nov 17
Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate. 
Nov 17
In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east 
Nov 18
Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama 
Nov 19
Carrie Nation attempts to address Senate 
Nov 22
Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are engaged 
Nov 23
Enrico Caruso US debut (Metropolitan Opera House, NY) in "Rigoletto" 
Nov 23
Colorado Governor James Peabody sends the state militia into the town of Cripple Creek to break up a miners' strike. 
Nov 24
Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter 
Nov 24
George Ade's "County Chairman" premieres in NYC 
Nov 27
Opera "Die Heugierigen Frauen" is produced (Munich) 
Dec 1
"The Great Train Robbery", the 1st Western film, released 
Dec 3
Panglima Polim surrenders to Capt Colijn at Atjeh 
Dec 6
Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders 
Dec 9
Norwegian parliament vote unanimiously for female suffrage 
Dec 10
Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie 
Dec 11
British forces under MacDonald & Young march into Tibet 
Dec 12
Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo 
Dec 13
Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone mound (NJ) 
Dec 13
Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk 
Dec 14
Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut 
Dec 16
Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers 
Dec 17
At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright
Dec 19
Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan 
Dec 27
"Sweet Adaline," a barbershop quartet favorite, is 1st sung 
Dec 28
Clyde Fitch's "Glad of It," premieres in NYC 
Dec 29
French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari 
Dec 30
Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history 
Dec 30
American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans 
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