On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1903

Day of the Week: Sunday

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