1902 events in history

Jan 1 The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California
Jan 28 The Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie
Jan 30 The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance is signed in London
Feb 27 Second Boer War: Australian soldiers Harry 'Breaker' Morant and Peter Handcock are executed in Pretoria for war crimes
Mar 6 Real Madrid C.F. was founded
Mar 7 Second Boer War: In the Battle of Tweebosch, a Boer commando led by Koos de la Rey inflicts the biggest defeat upon the British since the beginning of the war
Apr 2 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg
Apr 2 "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California
Apr 13 James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming
Apr 18 Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake
Apr 20 Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride
May 4 8 fishermen lose their lives in Galway Bay, County Galway, Ireland in the Galway Bay drowning tragedy
May 6 Macario Sakay establishes the Tagalog Republic with himself as President
May 8 In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people. Only a handful of residents survive the blast
May 17 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer
May 20 Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country's first President
May 31 Second Boer War: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the war and ensures British control of South Africa
Jun 24 King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation
Jun 28 The U.S. Congress passes the Spooner Act, authorizing President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal
Jul 14 The Campanile in St. Mark's Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta
Jul 21 Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York
Aug 4 The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens
Aug 9 Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Aug 22 Cadillac Motor Company is founded
Aug 22 Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile
Sep 1 A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science fiction films, is released in France
Oct 21 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends
Nov 21 The Philadelphia Football Athletics defeated the Kanaweola Athletic Club of Elmira, New York, 39–0, in the first ever professional American football night game
Nov 29 The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11–0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with an American national professional football league
Nov 30 American Old West: Kid Curry Logan, second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor
Dec 14 The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu
Dec 28 The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5–0, in the first indoor professional football game, which was held at Madison Square Garden