On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1903

Historical Events


Murder of InterestTopsy the Elephant is Electrocuted

Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company
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Topsy the elephant is electrocuted to death at Luna Park in New York
Topsy the elephant is electrocuted to death at Luna Park in New York

Famous Birthdays

  • Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), born in Antwerpen, Belgium (d. 1992)

Famous Deaths

  • Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
1903 Highlights

About January 4, 1903

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 117 years and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Capricorn