Elsewhere in 1903

Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight

Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight

The first Tour De France is won by Maurice Garin

The first Teddy Bear is created, based on this drawing of Theodore Roosevelt sparing the life of a bear cub

American socialite Aida de Acosta, 19, becomes the first woman to fly a powered aircraft solo, when she pilots a motorized dirigible from Paris to Château de Bagatelle

A 30-million-m3 landslide kills 70-90 in Frank, Alberta

Most of Heppner, Oregon is destroyed in a flash flood

84 people die in the Paris Métro train fire

The Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago kills 600

The Wreck of the Old 97 Fast Mail train at Stillhouse Trestle, near Danville, Virginia, kills 11 people and inspires a ballad.

The Kruševo Republic is proclaimed in Ottoman Macedonia; it is crushed 10 days later.

At his coronation ceremony, Pope Pius X shocks his entourage by wearing a simple pectoral cross made of gilded metal, which he says is the only one he owns.

The Discovery Expedition spends another long winter in Antarctica

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