1903 in History – What happened in year 1903

✅ Published on April 6th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1903 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1903.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1903 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 januaryTopsy, a domesticated elephant with the Forepaugh Circus at Luna Park, Coney Island, was executed by electrocution after it wasdeemed a threat to people, an event captured on film by inventor Thomas Edison.
23 februaryThe Cuban–American Treaty was finalized, allowing the UnitedStates to lease Guantánamo Bay from Cuba in perpetuity for the purposesof operating coaling and naval stations.
29 aprilA 30 million cubic-metre landslide buried the town of Frank, Northwest Territories, and killed at least 70 of the town's residents, making it the deadliest landslide in Canadian history.
28 mayShantanu L. Kirloskar was born. Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar was an Indian businessman of Maharashtrian Karade Brahmin family. He was instrumental behind the rapid growth of the Kirloskar Group.
16 juneThe Ford Motor Company was incorporated. The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford. Henry Ford was 39 years old when he founded the Ford Motor Company, which would go on to become one of the world's largest and most profitable companies, as well as being one to survive the Great Depression.
04 julyDorothy Levitt was became the first English woman to take part in a 'motor race'. Dorothy Elizabeth Levitt was the first British woman to become a racing driver. The world's first Water Speed Record and the Women's World Land Speed Record were held by her. She was also an author. She was a leader of female independence and female motoring. She taught Queen Alexandra and the Royal Princesses to drive.
09 julyJoseph Stalin was exiled to Siberia. Joseph Stalin later became the leader of Soviet Union. He was a socialist. He was also among the Bolshevik leaders during the revolution. The Stalin was one of the major leaders who helped in spreading socialism.
19 julyFrench cyclist Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France.
02 augustThe Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization started theIlinden Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in Macedonia.
28 augustThe Russian battleship Slava, the last of the five Borodino-class battleships, was launched.
24 septemberAlfred Deakin became the second Prime Minister of Australia,succeeding Edmund Barton who left office to become a founding justice ofthe High Court of Australia.
02 octoberThe first modern World Series, the annual championship seriesof Major League Baseball, opened.
05 octoberSamuel Griffith became the first Chief Justice of Australia,while Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor became the first PuisneJustices of the High Court of Australia.
17 decemberIn Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright aboard the Wright Flyer conducted the first successful flight of a powered fixed-wing aircraft.
30 decemberIn the deadliest single-building fire in United States history, the Iroquois Theatre fire claimed 602 lives in Chicago.
16 JuneRoald Amundsen of Norway discovered a sea route connecting the islands of Canada to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. This route is called the Northwest Passage.
20 JulyFord Motor Company launched its first car in the market.
23 JulyFord Motor Company sold its first car.
22 SeptemberThe American citizen Italo Marchioni was granted a patent for an ice cream cone.
03 NovemberPanama gained independence from Colombia.
24 NovemberClyde Coleman patented automobile electric starter.
17 AugustJoseph Pulitzer donated one million dollars to Columbia University. Pulitzer Prize was instituted in his name.
10 DecemberPierre Curie and Marie Curie were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
17 DecemberThe Wright brothers first flew an aircraft called \ The Flyer. This 12-second flight revolutionized the world.
30 JanuaryLord Curzon inaugurated the Imperial Library at Metcalf Hall, Kolkata (then Kolkata).
15 FebruaryFor the first time today, Morris Mikhtom introduced two soft toys made by himself in his shop. Those named Teddy Bear.
03 AprilSocial reformer and freedom fighter Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was born in Mangalore district of Karnataka.
29 AprilLandslides in the Northwest Territory of Canada killed 70 people.
01 JanuaryEdward VII was proclaimed Emperor of India.
15 FebruaryMorris and Rose Mitchum introduced the first teddy bear in the United States.

Famous birthdays in the year 1903:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 February Alexander Imich / Chemist / United States of America
04 March William C. Boyd / Chemist / United States of America
05 DecemberJohannes Heesters / Singer / Germany
07 NovemberDean Jagger / Actor / United States of America
10 February Matthias Sindelar / Footballer / Austria
11 MayCharlie Gehringer / Baseball Player / United States of America
14 JuneRose Rand / Philosopher / United States of America
14 DecemberWalter Rangeley / Sprinter / United Kingdom
15 AprilJohn Williams / Actor / United States of America
16 AprilPaul Waner / Baseball Player / United States of America
16 JulyFritz Bauer / Lawyer / Germany
17 AprilNicolas Nabokov / Educator / United States of America
17 AprilGregor Piatigorsky / Educator / United States of America
18 JuneJeanette MacDonald / Actress / United States of America
24 OctoberMelvin Purvis / Agent / United States of America
25 March Binnie Barnes / Actress / United Kingdom
25 SeptemberMark Rothko / Painter / United States of America
27 January John Eccles / Academic / Australia
28 OctoberJohn Chamberlain / Journalist / United States of America
29 MayBob Hope / Actor / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1903:

YearName / Profession / Country
30 AugustBhagwati Charan Verma / Writer / India
19 AprilRazia Sultan / King / India
15 JulyK. Kamaraj / Politician / India
15 JulyK. Kamaraj / Politician / India
30 AugustBhagwati Charan Verma / Author / India
01 MarchParesh Chandra Bhattacharya / NA / India
15 JulyKumarasami Kamaraj / Politician / India
25 FebruaryKailas Nath Wanchoo / Lawyer / India
06 JuneBakht Singh / Teacher / India
28 MayS. L. Kirloskar / Business Man / India
03 DecemberYashpal / Writer / India
11 MaySatyawant Mallannah Shrinagesh / Soldier / India
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