What Happened in 1902

Significant Events

  • Jan 15 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men over the walls of Riyadh and takes the city, marking the beginning of the Third Saudi State
  • Jan 30 Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan's 'special interest' in Korea
  • Mar 4 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • Apr 20 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
  • May 8 Mount PelĂ©e on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors
  • May 31 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

"Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California

On April 2, 1902


World Leaders in 1902

Famous People in 1902

Would You Believe?

Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals

On April 18, 1902

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 11 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas
  • Mar 9 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna
  • Apr 10 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard
  • Jul 1 British admiral John Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London
  • Aug 16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey