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Historical Events in January 1903

  • Jan 1 In Delhi, a great durbar, or formal reception, marks the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India; the British release some 16,000 prisoners in honor of the occasion

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Jan 1 President Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Roosevelt unveil new renovations to the The White House, including a new West Wing

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
  • Jan 2 US President Theodore Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black

Murder of InterestTopsy the Elephant is Electrocuted

Jan 4 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
  • Jan 5 SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
  • Jan 6 Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam
  • Jan 7 Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger" premieres in Brussells
  • Jan 9 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • Jan 9 Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, established
  • Jan 9 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)

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Jan 12 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Jan 13 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • Jan 18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
  • Jan 19 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • Jan 21 Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam
  • Jan 21 International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle NYC
  • Jan 22 The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington, D.C. (never ratified)
  • Jan 29 Dutch railroad workers strike