1902 in the United States
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|1902 in the United States|
|Years:||1899 1900 1901 – 1902 – 1903 1904 1905|
45 stars (1896–1908)
Events from the year 1902 in the United States.
- President: Theodore Roosevelt (R-New York)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller (Illinois)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: David B. Henderson (R-Iowa)
- Congress: 57th
- January 1 – The first college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California.
- January 8 – A train collision in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel kills 17, injures 38, and leads to increased demand for electric trains.
- January 28 – The Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington, DC with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
- February 18 – U.S. President Roosevelt prosecutes the Northern Securities Company for violation of the Sherman Act.
- February 22 – Senators Benjamin Tillman and John L. McLaurin, both of South Carolina, have a fist fight while Congress is in session. Both Tillman and McLaurin are censured by the Senate on February 28.
- February - The Yellow Fever Commission announces that the disease is carried out by mosquitoes
- March 10 – A Circuit Court prevents Thomas Edison from having a monopoly on motion picture technology.
- April 2 – Electric Theatre, the first movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
- April 7 - The Texas Oil Company Texaco is founded.
- May 15 – It is claimed that in a field outside Grass Valley, California, Lyman Gilmore achieves flight in a powered airplane (a steam-powered glider). There is no surviving evidence to verify this claim.
- May 20 – Cuba gains independence from the United States.
- June 2 – The Anthracite Coal Strike begins in the United States.
- June 15 – The New York Central railroad inaugurates the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York City, New York.
- June 17 – The Newlands Reclamation Act funds irrigation projects for the arid lands of 17 states in the American West.
- July 1 – The Philippine Organic Act becomes law. It provided that the lower house of the Philippine legislature would be elected after the insurrection ended.
- July 4 – The Philippine–American War ends.
- July 10 – The Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, Pennsylvania kills 112 miners.
- August 22 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile when he rides in a Columbia Electric Victoria through Hartford, Connecticut.
- September 19 – Shiloh Baptist Church disaster: 119 people are killed during a stampede at the church in Birmingham, Alabama.
- October 21 – In the United States, a five-month strike by the United Mine Workers ends.
- October 24 – Delta Zeta Sorority is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
- November 30 – American Old West: The second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years hard labor.
- December – The Venezuela Crisis of 1902–1903 occurs (until February 1903), in which Britain, Germany and Italy sustain a naval blockade on Venezuela in order to enforce collection of outstanding financial claims. This prompts the development of the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
- February 13 – Blair Moody, United States Senator from Michigan from 1951 till 1952. (died 1954)
- April 2 – David Worth Clark, United States Senator from Idaho from 1939 till 1945. (died 1955)
- July 4 – George Murphy, United States Senator from California from 1965 till 1971. (died 1992)
- February 18 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co. (born 1812)
- August 10 – James McMillan, Canadian-born U.S. Senator from Michigan from 1889 to 1902 (born 1838)
- October 26 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist (born 1815)
- December 14 – Julia Grant, wife of President Ulysses Grant (born 1826)
- December 22 – Dwight M. Sabin, U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1883 to 1889 (born 1843)
- American Annual Cyclopaedia ... 1902, NY: D. Appleton & Co. – via HathiTrust
- Media related to 1902 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons