On This Day

Historical Events in March 1902

  • Mar 4 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • Mar 6 Permanent US Census office created by legislation passed by Congress
  • Mar 7 Boers beat British troops at Tweebosch, Transvaal

Music Premiere

Mar 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony, his most popular, by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society

  • Mar 10 Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri

Film & TV History

Mar 10 A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera

Music History

Mar 18 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record

Music History

Mar 18 Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" premieres in Vienna

  • Mar 18 Turkey grants Germany syndicate the first concession to construct a railroad through Turkish territory to Baghdad, to be linked to Berlin
  • Mar 20 France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea
  • Mar 21 64th Grand National: David Read aboard 20/1 chance Shannon Lass wins by 3 lengths from Matthew
  • Mar 25 Irving W. Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine
  • Mar 25 In Russia, 567 students are tried for rioting and 'political disaffection' are found guilty; 95 are banished to Siberia
  • Mar 28 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)