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What Happened in 1902

Important Events in 1902

  • 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 compound radium chloride
  • May 8 Mount Pelée 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

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1902 in Music

  • Mar 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society
  • Mar 18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
  • Apr 30 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris
  • Jun 16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois

1902 in Sport

  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • Nov 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is published by Frederick Warne & Co. in London

On October 2, 1902

Famous People in 1902

World Leaders in 1902

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

In Australia, the whole nation observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops; rain begins to appear on 10 September

On September 7, 1902

Famous Weddings in 1902

  • Feb 11 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas
  • Mar 9 Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (41) marries Alma Schindler (22) in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 10 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard

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