Historical Events for Year 1903

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Jan 1st - 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 2nd - Pres T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black
Jan 4th - Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
Jan 5th - SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
Jan 6th - Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam
Jan 7th - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG)
Jan 7th - Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger" premieres in Brussells
Jan 9th - 2 NYers buy Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 & moved it to NY
Jan 9th - Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
Jan 9th - Wind Cave National Park, SD established
Jan 9th - Frank Farrell & Bill Devery purchase AL Balt franchise for $18,000 & move it to NYC (Yankees)
Jan 12th - Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
Jan 12th - Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
Magician & Escape Artist Harry HoudiniMagician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini Jan 19th - 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
Jan 19th - New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
Jan 21st - "Wizard of Oz" premieres in NYC
Jan 21st - Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam
Jan 21st - International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC
Jan 22nd - 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 29th - Dutch railroad workers strike
Feb 3rd - Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa
Feb 4th - Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie
Feb 7th - VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
Feb 11th - Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
Feb 11th - 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 14th - US Dept of Commerce & Labor forms
Feb 15th - 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom
Feb 16th - -59°F (-51°C), Pokegama Dam, Minnesota (state record)
Feb 18th - Kuyper government launches anti strike laws
Feb 20th - Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
Feb 21st - Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, D.C.
Feb 22nd - Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
Feb 23rd - The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations
Feb 23rd - 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 28th - Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
1st US First Lady Martha Washington1st US First Lady Martha Washington Mar 2nd - Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC
Mar 3rd - North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses
Mar 5th - Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn up
Mar 10th - Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine
Mar 10th - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Montreal AAA in 2 games
Mar 12th - NY Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
Mar 14th - 1st national bird reservation established in Sebastian, FL
Mar 14th - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in 2 games
Mar 14th - WB Yeats & Lady Gregory's "Hour-glass" premieres in Dublin
Mar 15th - 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 18th - Following through on its attacks on Roman Catholic institutions, the French Government dissolves the Catholic religious orders
Mar 22nd - NY Highlanders (Yankees) tickets 1st go on sale
Mar 22nd - Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought
Mar 22nd - 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 23rd - Wright brothers obtain airplane patent
Mar 25th - Racing Club de Avellaneda, one of the big five of Argentina, is founded.
Mar 26th - American Hotel opens in Amsterdam
Mar 27th - 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Drumcree wins
Mar 31st - Richard Pearse flies monoplane several hundred yards (NZ)
Apr 6th - General railroad strike against "worgwetten" (anti-strike laws)
Apr 6th - The Kishinev pogrom in Bessarabia begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world.
Apr 6th - 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 14th - Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)
Apr 20th - 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
Apr 22nd - American Power Boat Association forms
Apr 22nd - NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game, Senators win 3-1 before 11,950
Apr 23rd - NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Wash Senators 7-2
Apr 27th - 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out, Phila A's win 6-0
Apr 27th - Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
Apr 29th - Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kill 9 (Frank, Alberta)
Apr 30th - NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Wash Senators, 6-2
May 1st - 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 2nd - 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
May 3rd - AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
May 6th - Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt May 14th - President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco
May 16th - 1st transcontinental motorcycle trip begins at SF (George Wymann)
May 17th - Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
May 20th - 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 22nd - Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.
May 23rd - 1st automobile trip across US from San Francisco to NY, ended April 1
May 23rd - 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin
May 26th - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Three Gables" (BG)
May 27th - 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
May 27th - Queen Wilhelmina opens Berlages Merchants bureau in Amsterdam
May 29th - May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
May 30th - 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8
Jun 2nd - Netherlands Korfball League forms
Jun 2nd - Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
Jun 6th - 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 10th - 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 11th - 43rd British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 300 at Prestwick Golf Club
Jun 12th - Niagara Falls, Ontario incorporated as a city
Jun 12th - The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is founded at the University of Michigan School of Music.
Jun 15th - The Serbian Assembly meets and elects Prince Peter Karageorgevich king
Jun 16th - 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford Jun 16th - Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates
Jun 16th - Pepsi Cola company forms
Jun 16th - Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.
Jun 18th - 1st transcontinental auto trip begins in SF; arrives NY 3-mo later
Jun 21st - Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Mazarine Stone" takes place (BG)
Jun 24th - Russia prohibits meetings dealing with Zionist
Jun 25th - Yanks & White Sox end deadlocked at 6-6 in 18
Jun 25th - 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 27th - 9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol GC NJ
Jun 27th - 17th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Marion Jones (7-5, 8-6)
Jun 29th - British government protests against abuses in Belgian Congo
Jul 1st - 1st Tour de France bicycle race begins
Jul 1st - 20th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats E Larcombe (4-6 6-4 6-2)
Jul 1st - 27th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley (7-5 6-3 6-0)
Jul 2nd - AL/NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later
Jul 2nd - Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs
Jul 4th - Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message
Jul 6th - George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of SF
Jul 17th - 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 19th - 1st Tour de France won by Maurice Garin of France
Jul 20th - Giuseppe Sarto elected Pope Pius X, known as the 'pope of the poor and humble'
Jul 25th - Castle on top of Telegraph Hill closes
Jul 26th - 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker
Aug 2nd - Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
Aug 4th - Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
Aug 8th - 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
Aug 8th - 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 12th - The Japanese Minister to Russia presents a note to the Russian Government protesting against its failure to evacuate Manchuria
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. JeffriesBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries Aug 14th - James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
Aug 15th - New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
Aug 16th - Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
Aug 17th - Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University & begins Pulitzer Prizes
Aug 19th - Phillies suffer record 9th straight posponed game
Aug 23rd - 6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
Aug 26th - Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
Aug 26th - 23rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned (6-0, 6-3, 10-8)
Aug 29th - 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 31st - Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month
Sep 3rd - Resolute beats Shamrock III (England) in 13th America's Cup
Sep 6th - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Creeping Man" (BG)
Sep 7th - Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY
Sep 9th - 6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel of Switzerland inaugurated
Sep 11th - The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
Sep 14th - NY Giant Red Ames no-hits St Louis, 5-0 in a 5 inning game
Sep 15th - Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals"
Sep 17th - Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3
Sep 18th - Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0
Sep 19th - King Leopold II denies Belgian cruelty in Congo
Sep 21st - First cowboy film "Kit Carson" premieres in US
Sep 22nd - Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone
Sep 24th - Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier
Sep 24th - Bill Bradley becomes 1st Cleveland baseball player (Cleveland Naps) to hit for cycle
Sep 27th - Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
Sep 30th - New Gresham's School officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
Oct 1st - 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox)
Oct 5th - 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 6th - The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
Oct 8th - J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
Oct 9th - 11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC)

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