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Major Events of 1903

1903 (Roman Numerals: MCMII) was the 3rd year of the 20th century. 1903 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1903.
News Events of 1903

Wright Brothers achieve first powered sustained controlled flight in a heavier-than-air machine, with a pilot aboard (Orville Wright is the pilot).

Orville Wright   Wilbur Wright

Ford Motor Company officially incorporated, and sells first automobile.

United States of America and Panama sign treaty to build the Panama Canal.

Henri Becquerel, Pierre Curie and Marie Curie awarded Nobel Prize in Physics (for research in radiation phenomena). Marie Curie will win a 2nd Nobel Prize (this time in Chemistry) in 1911.

Marie Curie

First box of Crayola crayons sold.

Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups: Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

Ford Motor Company incorporated.

Sports in 1903

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