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 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
More Historical Events

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 Mélissande" premieres in Paris
  • Jun 16 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 29 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

1902 in Sport

  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl: Michigan beats Stanford 49-0
  • Nov 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Did You Know?

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

On October 2, 1902


World Leaders in 1902

Famous People in 1902

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

  • 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