1901 History Events: What Happened in 1901

The year 1901 was a turning point in history that has continued to affect the world we live in today. A little history will help us remember where we came from and where we’re going.

Van Gogh, a Dutch artist, had his first exhibition in March 17th, eleven years after his death, and his artistic genius was shown to the world. This legendary show of 71 unique works was held at the Bernheim-Jeune art gallery in Paris. Van Gogh had relocated to France from the Netherlands, where he had met and been influenced by postimpressionist painters such as Camille Pissarro. The jury is still out on how he dealt with the abdominal injury.

We can’t alter the past, but we can use its lessons and experiences to teach future generations how to build a better future. Nobel Laureates are people from all around the world who have made great contributions to physics, chemistry, literature, medicine, or peace. The first Nobel Prize ceremony took place on December 10, 1901, five years after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, passed away. Alfred had proclaimed that the majority of his huge fortune would be handed annually to individuals who had benefitted humanity in the previous year. Historians say Alfred’s contributions to war inventions compelled him to establish the prize out of a sense of moral obligation.

Marconi got a transmission from Newfoundland, Canada, two days later, on December 12. Despite sceptics’ claims that radio waves could only go 200 miles due to the earth’s curvature, Marconi was able to transmit a signal over the Atlantic. The radio transmission heading for space was reflected back to earth and received in Canada while in the ionosphere. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Ferdinand Braun, a German radio inventor, for this achievement. This transatlantic transmission aimed to serve as the foundation for future research into radio wave regulations.

To move forward into the future, one must first understand where we came from in history. We have the opportunity now to strive diligently toward a better tomorrow for future generations and all humanity. Continue reading to learn more about what happened in 1901.


(January 10, 1901)
At Spindletop near Beaumont, Texas, the first huge Texas oil gusher is discovered. photo source:


(February 01, 1901)
Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, and became known as the "King of Hollywood" because to his great popularity.

(February 28, 1901)
Linus Pauling, an American chemist who won two Nobel Prizes for Chemistry in 1954 and Peace in 1962 (for efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons), was born.

(April 25, 1901)
New York became the first U.S. state to require licence plates when Governor Benjamin Odell, Jr. signed legislation requiring automobiles and motorcycles to display "the separate initials of the owner's name placed upon the back thereof in a conspicuous place."

(June 17, 1901)
The College Board unveils its first standardised test, the SAT's precursor.


(July 04, 1901)
William Howard Taft is appointed as the first American governor of the Philippines.

(September 06, 1901)
As the United States' 25th president (1897–1901), Republican William McKinley was assassinated on this day in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by anarchist Leon Czolgosz, and he died eight days later. photo source:

(September 14, 1901)
After being mortally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz on September 6, U.S. President William McKinley passes away, and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the new leader of the country. photo source:

(October 12, 1901)
The White House is officially renamed by President Theodore Roosevelt from the "Executive Mansion." photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1900 History Events: What Happened in 1900

1902 History Events: What Happened in 1902