What Happened in 1901

Significant Events

  • Feb 2 Queen Victoria's funeral takes place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
  • Mar 29 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election
  • May 9 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • Jun 24 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
  • Sep 6 US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York
  • Sep 26 Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • Dec 10 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy
  • Dec 12 Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland, Canada
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1901 in Sport

  • Jun 6 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey

Did You Know?

At a show in Paris 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death

On March 17, 1901


World Leaders in 1901

Famous People in 1901

Would You Believe?

Private companies allowed to use the word "postcard" in the US. Previously they were labelled "Private Mailing Cards" and known as "souvenir cards".

On December 24, 1901

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