What Happened in January 1903

Historical Events

  • 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

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Jan 2 US President Theodore Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

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Jan 4 Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 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 Brussells
  • 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)

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Jan 12 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Jan 12 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
  • Jan 18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 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, D.C. (never ratified)
  • Jan 29 Dutch railroad workers strike

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • Jan 3 Charles Foulkes, Canada, general
  • Jan 4 Joris Diels, Flemish actor/director (Haagsche Comedy)
  • Jan 5 Leighton Lucas, composer
  • Jan 5 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)
  • Jan 6 Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • Jan 6 Francis L Sullivan, actor (Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • Jan 6 Stanley Smith, actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 7 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 7 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • Jan 7 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer
  • Jan 8 Gene Roth, [Eugene Stutenroth], SD, actor (She Demons, Spider)
  • Jan 9 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • Jan 10 Barbara Hepworth, English abstract sculptor/actress (Rescued by Rover)
  • Jan 10 Jean Morel, Abbeville France, conductor
  • Jan 10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • Jan 10 Violet Wilkey, American actress (d. 1976)
  • Jan 11 Alan Paton, South Africa, writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • Jan 12 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • Jan 14 Veronica Turleigh, County Donegal Ireland, actress (Promoter)
  • Jan 15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • Jan 17 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Assamese poet, playwright, filmmaker (d. 1953)
  • Jan 18 Berthold Goldschmidt, German/British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • Jan 19 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • Jan 20 Leon Ames, Portland Indiana, actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • Jan 20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian
  • Jan 22 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer
  • Jan 22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • Jan 23 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • Jan 27 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • Jan 27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • Jan 28 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • Jan 29 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • Jan 30 G Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology)
  • Jan 31 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • Jan 31 Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)

Famous Weddings

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Jan 6 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (23) weds Mileva Maric

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler (b. 1837)
  • Jan 4 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • Jan 4 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • Jan 4 Gulstan Ropert, Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1839)
  • Jan 4 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • Jan 17 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • Jan 21 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • Jan 28 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 28 Jean Robert Planquette, composer, dies at 54