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Historical Events in January 1902

  • Jan 1 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • Jan 3 Due to a bad pitch Australian batsman Reggie Duff is held back to No. 10 on Test debut v England at MCG; scores 104
  • Jan 4 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble's first of 2 Test hat-tricks
  • Jan 4 The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million; this will tip the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaraugua
  • Jan 8 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Jan 8 The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin

A Crackdown on Lovers in New YorkA Crackdown on Lovers in New York

Jan 8 New York state assemblyman Francis G. ‚ÄčLandon gets a bill passed to criminalize men turning around on a street and "looking at a woman in that way"
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Mulberry Street, Lower East Side in the 1900s. In the jostling streets of New York, men had to be careful.
Mulberry Street, Lower East Side in the 1900s. In the jostling streets of New York, men had to be careful.
  • Jan 10 Alphons Diepenbrock's "Te Deum" premieres (Amsterdam)
  • Jan 10 Although it has professed neutrality in the Boer War, German Chancellor von Bulow joins others in attacking British actions in South Africa
  • Jan 12 Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formally dissolved
  • Jan 13 Textile workers strike in Enschede, Netherlands (until 1st June)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 18 Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama
  • Jan 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St Petersburg
  • Jan 27 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC)
  • Jan 28 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 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