1900 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
Top Ten Baby Names of 1900
Mary, Helen, Anna, Margaret, Ruth, John, William, James, George, Charles
US Life Expectancy
Males: 46.3 years, Females: 48.3 years
Firsts, Inventions and Wonders
Veterans of Foreign Wars was founded on September 29, 1899
King Oscar II of Sweden approved the creation of the Nobel Foundation, funded by the 1895 Will of Alfred Nobel. The first Nobel Prize awards were made by the foundation in 1901.
The Eastman Kodak Company introduced the Brownie camera, priced at $1.00.
The founding brothers of Michelin Tires started the Michelin Guide in 1900 when they decided that a rating guide (Michelin Stars) for hotels and restaurants would compel the limited number of drivers to use up and buy more of their tires.
Nipper, the RCA Victor dog, was registered as a trademark and became one of the advertising icons of the 20th century. The dog belonged to Francis Barraud, whose painting His Master’s Voice showed the animal listening to a gramophone.
The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) was founded in New York.
Harvey Firestone established the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company as an automobile tire supply store in Akron, Ohio. He started making tires about three years later.
The Most Popular Singers and Artists of 1900
Albert Cambell, Arthur Collins, Edward M. Favor, George J. Gaskin, The Hayden Quartet, Harry Macdonough, Jere Mahoney, J.W. Meyers, Voss Ossman, Steve Porter, Dan Quinn, Len Spencer
Pop Culture Facts & History
Dwight F. Davis, President of the United States Lawn Tennis Association, announced the creation of a silver cup for whoever won the international tennis championship. It is now known as The Davis Cup.
Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a British patent (#7,777) for his wireless radio.
Robert Leroy Parker (aka Butch Cassidy), Harry Longabaugh (aka The Sundance Kid), and other members of “The Wild Bunch” staged their third train robbery, taking control of Union Pacific train No. 3 at Tipton, Wyoming, robbing the express car of $45,000 and successfully escaping.
The American League’s eight teams for the inaugural 1900 season were the Buffalo Bisons, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Indianapolis Indians, Kansas City Blues, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Minneapolis Millers.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the controlling body for bicycling events around the world, was founded in Aigle, Switzerland.
Nikola Tesla received a patent (#645,576) for ‘wireless transmission of electrical power’ – the first in a series of patents for sending “industrially significant amounts of power” from one station to another without electrical wires.
The first book of stamps in the United States was placed on sale in American post offices in packs of 12,24 and 48 2-cent stamps.
Willis L. Moore, Chief of the US Weather Bureau, issued the first workplace smoking ban. “The smoking of cigarettes in the offices of the Weather Bureau is hereby prohibited. Officials in charge of stations will rigidly enforce this order, and will also include in their semiannual confidential reports information about those of their assistants who smoke cigarettes outside of office hours.”
The 1900 Census counted 76,295,220 people living in the United States and Territories.
John Luther “Casey” Jones was driving a passenger train from Memphis to Canton, Mississippi, when he encountered two stalled freight trains on the main track at Vaughn, Mississippi, ahead of his. Unable to avoid a collision, Casey Jones slowed the train enough that he was the only fatality in the accident.
The Patent (#646,375) was granted to William Abner Eddy for the ‘Eddy kite’ – the standard basic kite design we use today.
The Associated Press (AP) was incorporated as a New York corporation.
The vaudeville team of Joe and Myra Keaton was appearing at a matinee show at the Wonderland Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, and their 5-year-old son, Buster, joined the act. He later became one of the first silent film stars.
The largest banquet in history was held at the Tuileries Gardens when French President Émile Loubet treated the 22,695 mayors of all French cities.
A hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, causing the worst natural disaster in American history, with 8-12,000 people killed.
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1900
1. To Have and To Hold by Mary Johnston
Other Books of Note
The World and the Individual by Josiah Royce
1900 United States Census
Total US Population: 76,212,168
National League Baseball Champions: Brooklyn Superbas
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