Events in year of 1903

  • 01-02President Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black
  • 01-05SF-Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use
  • 01-06Dutch Press museum opens in Amsterdam
  • 01-07Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Blanched Soldier" (BG)
  • 01-092 NYers buy Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and moved it to New York
  • 01-09Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase AL Baltimore franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (Yankees)
  • 01-09Wind Cave National Park, SD established
  • 01-12Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
  • 01-12Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
  • 01-191st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US and England
  • 01-19New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • 01-21"Wizard of Oz, " premieres in New York City
  • 01-21Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam
  • 01-21International Theater (Majestic, Park) opens at 5 Columbus Circle New York City
  • 01-29Dutch railroad workers strike
  • 02-03Frederick Lugard occupies Kano West Africa
  • 02-04Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 and 1 tie
  • 02-14US Department of Commerce & Labor forms
  • 02-151st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
  • 02-18Kuyper government launches anti strike laws
  • 02-20Nick Young remains as NL President as AG Spalding ends challenge
  • 02-21Cornerstone laid for US army war college, Washington, DC
  • 02-22Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • 02-23Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA
  • 02-24US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
  • 02-28Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • 03-02Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York City
  • 03-03North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses
  • 03-05Definitive treaty for construction of Baghdad railway drawn
  • 03-10Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine

People born in year of 1903

  • 01-02Anton van Duinkerken [Willem JMA Asselbergs]: Literary
  • 01-03Charles Foulkes: Canada -- General
  • 01-04Joris Diels: Flemish actor / director (Haagsche Comedy)
  • 01-05Leighton Lucas: Composer
  • 01-06Boris Blacher: Newchwang, China -- German composer (Orchester-Ornament)
  • 01-06Francis L Sullivan: London, England -- Actor (Missing Rembrandt)
  • 01-06Maurice Abravanel: Saloniki, Greece -- Conductor / composer
  • 01-06Stanley Smith: Kansas City, Missouri -- Actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts)
  • 01-07Alan Napier: Birmingham, England -- Actor (Alfred-Batman)
  • 01-07Albrecht Haushofer: Writer
  • 01-07Shalva Azmayparashvili: Composer
  • 01-07Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov: Composer
  • 01-08Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth]: Redfield, South Dakota -- Actor (She Demons, Spider)
  • 01-10Barbara Hepworth: English abstract sculptor / actress (Rescued by Rover)
  • 01-10Jean Morel: Abbeville, France -- Conductor
  • 01-11Alan Paton: South Africa -- Writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • 01-12Igor V Kurtshatov: Russian nuclear physicist (1st Rus nuclear bomb)
  • 01-13Kay Francis [Katherine E Gibbs]: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -- Actress (False Madonna)
  • 01-14Veronica Turleigh: County Donegal, Ireland -- Actress (Promoter)
  • 01-17Warren Hull: Gasport, New York -- Actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 01-18Berthold Goldschmidt: German / British (opera)composer (Beatrice Cenci)
  • 01-19Alfred Lane Beit: Connoisseur
  • 01-20Leon Ames: Portland, Indiana -- Actor (Mr Ed, Father of the Bride)
  • 01-20Sybil Marion Rosenfeld: Theatre historian
  • 01-22Robin Humphrey Milford: Composer
  • 01-24Robert Gwathmey: Artist (Arts & Letters)
  • 01-25"Sleepy" John Estes: Rocker
  • 01-27John Eccles: British physiologist / neurologist
  • 01-28Dame Kathleen Lonsdale: Crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • 01-29Cornelis H Edelman: Dutch geologist

People died in year of 1903

  • 01-04Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek: Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • 01-21Hermanus J A M Schaepman: Dutch clergyman / politician, dies at 58
  • 01-28Augusta Mary Anne Holmes: Composer, dies at 55
  • 01-28Jean Robert Planquette: Composer, dies at 54
  • 02-01George G Stokes: British physicist / President Royal Society, dies at 83
  • 02-03Frederick E Kitziger: Composer, dies at 59
  • 02-11Henryk Szulc: Composer, dies at 67
  • 02-15Julie Verstraete-Lacquet: Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • 02-17Joseph Parry: Composer, dies at 61
  • 02-22Frederick William Farrar: Writer / dean (Canterbury 1895-1903)
  • 02-22Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf: Austrian Composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
  • 02-23Albert Cahen: Composer, dies at 57
  • 02-23Friedrich Grutzmacher: Composer, dies at 70
  • 02-26Richard J Gatling: US inventor (Gatling Gun), dies at 84
  • 02-28Girolamo / Jeromin de Rada: Albanian poet, dies at 88
  • 03-04Joseph H Shorthouse: English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • 03-13Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand]: Dutch writer (Camera Obscura), dies at 88
  • 03-14Johannes H Weissenbruch: Dutch landscape painter, dies at 88
  • 04-11Gemma Galgani: Italian saint, dies at 25
  • 04-13Derk J A Haspels: Dutch actor, dies at 65
  • 05-01Luigi Arditi: Violist / composer, dies at 80
  • 05-16Eduard Rappoldi: Composer, dies at 72
  • 06-10Alexander I: King of Serbia are assassinated
  • 06-10Dragia: Queen of Serbia, assassinated
  • 06-10Luigi Cremona: Italian Mathematician (grafostatica)
  • 06-11Draga Masin: Wife of Serbian King Aleksandar I, murdered at 35
  • 06-22George White: Black resident of Delaware, lynched
  • 06-29Rentaro Taki: Composer, dies at 23
  • 07-07Jose Augusto da Ferreira Veiga: Composer, dies at 64
  • 07-13August Reissmann: Composer, dies at 77

Events in year of 1904

  • 01-01Netherlands Indies colony begins opium production
  • 01-04Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
  • 01-04Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US
  • 01-05England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 and 8-68
  • 01-07Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st International radio distress signal
  • 01-08Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
  • 01-11Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
  • 01-12Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
  • 01-25179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
  • 01-291st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team)
  • 02-02US blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
  • 02-04John Millington Synges "Well of Saints, " premieres in Dublin
  • 02-05American occupation of Cuba ends
  • 02-06Russian-Japanese war began
  • 02-07Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
  • 02-08Russo-Japanese War begins
  • 02-09Japan declares war on Russia
  • 02-21National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
  • 02-23US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • 02-25Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • 02-29Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal
  • 03-02"Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
  • 03-11Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
  • 03-121st main line electric train in the UK (Liverpool to Southport)
  • 03-12Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
  • 03-13Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilian border dedicated
  • 04-08Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
  • 04-13Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin
  • 04-198th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of New York in 2:38:04.4
  • 04-19Much of Toronto destroyed by fire

People born in year of 1904

  • 01-02James Melton: Moultrie, Georgia -- Opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 01-02Sally Rand: Hickory County, Missouri -- Stripper (fan dance)
  • 01-03Boris Kochno: Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 01-08Peter Arno: NYC, New York -- Cartoonist (New Yorker)
  • 01-09George Balanchine: Dancer / choreographer / ballet producer
  • 01-10Jesus Garcia Leoz: Composer
  • 01-10Ray Bolger: Dorchester, Massachusetts -- Actor / dancer (Wizard of Oz)
  • 01-11Frederick Boland: Irish diplomat / President (UN General Assembly)
  • 01-12Mississippi Fred McDowell: Jazz artist
  • 01-13Richard Addinsell: London, England -- Composer (Taming of Shrew)
  • 01-14Cecil Beaton: England, United Kingdom -- Royal family photographer
  • 01-16Max Vredenburg: Composer
  • 01-17Grant Withers: Pueblo, Colorado -- Actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • 01-17Patsy Ruth Miller: Actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • 01-18Cary Grant: England, United Kingdom -- Actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest)
  • 01-18Henri-Georges Adam: French etcher / painter / sculptor (Grand Nude)
  • 01-19James Winston Watts: Developer (Frontal Lobotomy)
  • 01-20Renato Caccioppoli: Italian mathematician / grandson of Bakunin
  • 01-20Theodore Brameld: Author / educator (Use of Explosive Ideas)
  • 01-21Richard P Blackmur: Massachusetts, United States -- Critic / poet (Good European)
  • 01-23Theodor Schaefer: Composer
  • 01-25Frans Goedhart: Dutch journalist / founder (Het Parool)
  • 01-26Douglas Evans: Actor (South Pacific Trail)
  • 01-31E van Ruller: Dutch journalist / ARP-alderman / co-founder (Trouw)
  • 02-01S J Perelman: Brooklyn, New York -- Author / humorist (Around the World in 80 Days)
  • 02-02Jose Enrique Pedreira: Composer
  • 02-03Charlie "Pretty Boy" Floyd: FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • 02-03Luigi Dallapiccola: Pisino Istria, Italy -- Italian composer
  • 02-03Roger Makins: Diplomat
  • 02-04Herman B Wiardi Beckman: Dutch politician (SDAP) / resistance fighter

People died in year of 1904

  • 01-02James Longstreet: Confederate General, dies at 82
  • 01-05Karl A von Zittel: German geologist / paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • 01-15Eduard Lassen: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-24Franz Coenen: Composer, dies at 77
  • 01-26John P R Tak: Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • 01-27Adam Minchejmer: Composer, dies at 73
  • 02-01Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm: Dutch Historian / writer, dies at 76
  • 02-20Gustav Adolf Heinze: Composer, dies at 83
  • 03-05Alfred von Waldersee: Prussian Field Marshal / Chief of Staff, dies at 71
  • 04-09Isabella II: Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
  • 04-13Vasili Vereshtshagin: Russian Painter (War & Peace)
  • 04-24Friedrich Siemens: German industrial, dies at 77
  • 05-06Franz von Lenbach: German painter, dies at 67
  • 05-07Peter Hille: Writer
  • 05-08Eadweard Muybridge: English photographer (horse trot)
  • 05-10Henry M Stanley [John Rowlands]: British explorer
  • 05-13Jan Boissevain: Ship owner / politician
  • 05-14Richard Hol: Dutch Composer / Organist / conductor, dies at 78
  • 05-16N I Bobrikov: Russian Governor-General in Finland
  • 07-03Theodor Herzl: Austrian journalist / Zionist
  • 07-14S J Paul Kruger: General / President South-Africa (1883-1904), dies at 78
  • 07-15Anton Pavlovich Chechov: Russian writer (Uncle Vanya), dies at 44
  • 07-23John Simon: Public health pioneer
  • 07-28Plehve: Russian Foreign Minister (bomb under carriage)
  • 08-04Arnold Krug: Composer, dies at 54
  • 08-09Friedrich Ratzel: German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59
  • 08-10Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau: French Foreign Minister (Dreyfus)
  • 08-29Murad V: Sultan of Turkey (1876)
  • 08-30Kate Fanny Loder: Composer, dies at 79
  • 09-18Herbert von Bismarck: German politician / Son of Otto