Historical Events in January 1903

  • 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