1902 in History
January 1 1st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California, University of Michigan - 49, Sanford - 0
January 1 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Penn
January 3 Reg Duff 104 on Test debut, vs. England at MCG
January 4 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick vs. England at the MCG
January 8 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Ill)
January 10 Alphons Diepenbrock's "Te Deum" premieres (Amsterdam)
January 13 Textile workers strike in Enschede Netherlands till June 1
January 23 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 for Stanley Cup
January 24 Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA
January 25 Aleksandr Skriabin's 2nd Symphony in C premieres in St. Petersburg
January 27 5 workers killed on explosion during IRT subway construction (New York City)
January 28 Carnegie Institute founded in Washington D.C.
February 1 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
February 1 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben," premieres in Berlin
February 6 Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in New York City
February 11 Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
February 15 Underground railway (U-Bahn)
February 18 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame," premieres in Monte Carlo
February 20 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks and damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco
February 21 Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st U.S. brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
February 24 Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British
February 28 Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo
March 2 Jimmy Collins, leaves Boston Beaneaters (NL) club to manage AL's new Boston Somersets
March 4 American Automobile Association, AAA, founded in Cleveland, Ohio
March 6 Census Bureau forms
March 7 Boers beat British troop in Tweebosch Transvaal
March 8 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 2nd Symphony
March 9 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna
March 10 Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri
March 17 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1
March 18 Enrico Caruso becomes 1st well-known performer to make a record
March 18 Schonberg's "Verklarte Nacht," premieres in Vienna
March 25 Irving W. Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine
March 28 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)
April 2 1st motion picture theater opens in Los Angeles
April 2 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
April 4 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million
April 5 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte," premieres in Paris
April 5 Soccer match riot between Scotland and England kills 25
April 7 Texas Oil Company, Texaco, forms
April 11 Battle at Rooiwal, South Africa
April 13 J C Penney opens his 1st store in Kemmerer, Wyoming
April 14 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium
April 15 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Church in US"
April 18 Denmark is 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
April 19 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12
April 20 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium
April 25 Erwin Harvey becomes 1st Cleveland ballplayer (Cleveland Bronchos) to have six hits in one game
April 30 Debussy's opera "Pelleas et Melissande," premieres in Paris
May 2 1st science fiction film released, A Trip To The Moon
May 3 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
May 6 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
May 6 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place"
May 6 Zulu assault at Holkrantz South Africa
May 7 Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent kills 2-5,000
May 8 Mount Pelee erupts, wipes out St. Pierre, Martinique, kills 30,000
May 15 Lyman Gilmore is 1st person to fly a powered craft
May 15 Portugal bankrupt by revolt in Angola
May 16 2 deaf-mutes face each other for 1st time as Dummy Hoy leads off for the Reds against Dummy Taylor of the Giants, Reds win 5-3
May 19 Great Britain and Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria
May 20 Cuba gains independence from Spain
May 20 U.S. military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
May 22 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
May 24 Cleveland's Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a home run run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
May 24 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
May 27 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
May 29 Dutch State Mine law forms
May 31 Australia Cricket all out 36 vs. England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
May 31 Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal
June 1 Blue-White United soccer team of Amsterdam forms
June 2 2nd statewide initiative and referendum law adopted, in Oregon
June 9 1st Automat restaurant opens, 818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
June 10 Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan
June 13 Prussian Upper house gives 350 million marks to Poland
June 15 Canada's Maritime Provinces switch from Eastern to Atlantic time
June 15 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
June 23 Gioacchino Rossini's unveils monument to Santa-Croce
June 26 Order of Merit instituted by King Edward VII
June 26 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 3 Garidebs"
June 28 Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin
June 28 U.S. buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million
June 30 Cleveland is 1st AL team to hit 3 consecutive home runs in same inning
July 1 Ranji (230) and Newham (153) add 344 for 7th wkt, Sussex vs. Essex
July 1 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax"
July 2 John McGraw becomes manager of New York Giants (stays for 30 years)
July 3 Excelsior soccer team forms in Rotterdam
July 5 Australia won the one and only Test Cricket played at Sheffield
July 8 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore and Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
July 11 British premier Lord Salisbury resigns
July 12 Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
July 15 Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch, for Sussex vs. Surrey
July 16 John McGraw named manager of New York Giants
July 16 Test Cricket debut of K S Ranjitsinhji vs. Australia, at Old Trafford
July 17 Orioles forfeit to St. Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
July 19 New York Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw
July 24 Trumper a century before lunch 4th Test Cricket vs. England
July 25 James J. Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
July 26 Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford
July 29 Union of Orthodox Rabbis of U.S. and Canada forms
July 30 Anti-Jewish rioters attack funeral procession of Rabbi Joseph (New York City)
August 1 Building begins on Dutch public housing
August 1 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia, 100 die
August 8 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2)
August 9 Edward VII of England crowned after death of his mother Victoria
August 13 England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
August 22 President Teddy Roosevelt became 1st U.S. chief executive to ride in a car
August 31 Split skirt 1st worn by Mrs. Adolph Landeburg (horse rider)
September 1 Tinker, Evers, and Chance appear together for 1st time
September 3 Pittsburgh Pirates, win earliest pennent (full season)
September 3 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Illustrious Client"
September 10 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
September 17 U.S. protests anti-semitism in Romania
September 20 Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
September 24 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Red Circle"
September 29 Impresario David Belasco opens his 1st Broadway theater
October 10 S Afr's president Paul Kruger visits Utrecht
October 11 8th U.S. Golf Open: Laurie Auchterlonie shoots a 307 at Garden City NY
October 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa and Australia
October 11 Lawrence Auchterlonie wins U.S. Open golf tournament
October 13 Arna W. Bontemps noted poet and librarian of Fisk University
October 25 Maksin Gorki's "Na dne," premieres in Moscow
October 25 Santa Maria Guatemala hit by Earthquake; about 6,000 die
November 15 Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
November 18 Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt
November 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
November 21 1st night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0
November 21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
November 25 Franz Lehars opera "Wiener Fraueen," premieres in Vienna
November 29 Gerhart Hauptmanns "Der arne Heinrich," premieres in Vienna
December 2 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
December 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became Associate Justice on Supreme Court
December 9 AL announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY
December 17 Frank Wedekind's "Der Erdgeist," premieres in Berlin
December 25 Clyde Fitch' "Girl with Green Eyes," premieres in New York City
December 26 Most knock downs in a fight, Oscar Nelson (5) and Christy Williams (42)
December 28 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (MSG, New York City)
December 28 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
December 31 Boers and British army sign peace treaty