1903 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1903 in the United Kingdom.
- 1 January - Edward VII is proclaimed Emperor of India.
- 19 January - First transatlantic radio broadcast between United States and Britain.
- 27 January - Fire at Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum kills 51.
- 12 February - Randall Davidson enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he will hold for 25 years.
- 3 March - British admiralty announces plans to build naval base at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth.
- 24 March & 3 May - Derby earthquakes.
- 1 April - Midwives Act 1902 comes into effect, regulating the profession of midwifery.
- 14 April - Aberdeen Football Club is established.
- 18 April - Bury F.C. beat Derby County by an all-time record 6 goals to nil to win the 1903 FA Cup Final.
- 23 April - Budget removes Corn Duty.
- 29 May - Bradford City Football Club is established.
- 19 June - Caernarfon earthquake.
- 7 July - British take over the Fulani empire.
- August - 2nd Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party moves from Brussels to London.
- September - First Garden City Ltd formed to develop Letchworth.
- 16 September - Joseph Chamberlain resigns as Colonial Secretary.
- 10 October - Foundation of the militant Women's Social and Political Union by Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst in Manchester.
- 31 October - Opening of Hampden Park football ground in Glasgow in Scotland.
- 2 November - Daily Mirror launched as a newspaper for women, run by women.
- First Poor Prisoners' Defence Act provides for limited legal aid.
- University of Liverpool becomes independent of Victoria University.
- "Typhoo Tipps" tea first marketed.
- William Randal Cremer wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
- The remains of "Cheddar Man" are found within Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, dating to approximately 7150 BCE.
- Osea Island off Maldon, Essex, is bought by Frederick Nicholas Charrington to provide an addiction treatment centre.
- Rock Sand wins the English Triple Crown by finishing first in the Epsom Derby, 2,000 Guineas and St Leger.
- Edward Harold Begbie's novel Lost in Blunderland (under the pseudonym Caroline Lewis).
- Samuel Butler's semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (posthumous).
- George Gissing's semi-autobiographical novel The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft.
- John Morley's biography The Life of Gladstone, which sells more than 25,000 copies in its first year.
- 7 January - Alan Napier, actor (died 1988)
- 18 January
- 22 February - Frank P. Ramsey, mathematician (died 1930)
- 4 March - Dorothy Mackaill, British-born American actress (died 1990)
- 24 March - Malcolm Muggeridge, journalist, author and media personality (died 1990)
- 31 March - H. J. Blackham, humanist and author (died 2009)
- 15 April - John Williams, actor (died 1983)
- 20 May - Barbara Hepworth, sculptor (died 1975)
- 29 May - Bob Hope, British-born comedian (died 2003)
- 19 June - Wally Hammond, cricketer (died 1965)
- 25 June - George Orwell, author (died 1950)
- 29 June - Alan Blumlein, electronics engineer (died 1942)
- 1 July - Amy Johnson, aviator (died 1941)
- 2 July - Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister (died 1995)
- 10 July - John Wyndham, author (died 1969)
- 11 July - Rudolf Abel (alias of Vilyam "Willie" Genrikhovich Fisher), English-born spy for the Soviet Union (died 1971)
- 13 July - Kenneth Clark, art historian (died 1983)
- 26 July - Amy Gentry, rower (died 1976)
- 7 August - Louis Leakey, paleoanthropologist, born in British East Africa (died 1972)
- 23 August - William Primrose, violist (died 1982)
- 24 August - Graham Sutherland, artist (died 1980)
- 2 September - Fred Pratt Green, Methodist minister and hymn writer (died 2000)
- 9 September - Edward Upward, author (died 2009)
- 28 October - Evelyn Waugh, writer (died 1966)
- 29 October - Vivian Ellis, composer and lyricist (died 1996)
- 31 October - Joan Robinson, economist (died 1983)
- 1 November - Max Adrian, Irish-born actor (died 1973)
- 5 December - Cecil Frank Powell, physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1969)
- 10 December - Mary Norton, children's author (died 1992)
- 12 December - A. L. Rowse, historian (died 1997)
- unknown date – John Illingworth, yachtsman, yacht designer, and naval officer (died 1980)
- 17 January - Quintin Hogg, philanthropist (born 1845)
- 1 February - Sir George Gabriel Stokes, mathematician and physicist (born 1819)
- 7 February - James Glaisher, meteorologist and aeronaut (born 1809)
- 4 March - Joseph Henry Shorthouse, novelist (born 1834)
- 13 March - George Granville Bradley, vicar and scholar (born 1821)
- 19 June - Herbert Vaughan, Catholic cardinal and archbishop (born 1832)
- 11 July - W. E. Henley, poet, critic, and editor (born 1849)
- 5 August - Phil May, artist (born 1864)
- 22 August - Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1830)
- 18 September - Alexander Bain, philosopher (born 1818)
- 8 December - Herbert Spencer, philosopher (born 1820)
- 28 December - George Gissing, novelist (born 1857)
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- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Hadley Center Ranked EWP
- Baren, Maurice (1997). How Household Names Began. London: Michael O'Mara Books. pp. 127–9. ISBN 1-85479-257-1.
- The Nobel Peace Prize 1903
- "Gough's Cave excavation". Natural History Museum. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- Parsons, Nicholas (1985). The Book of Literary Lists. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-283-99171-2.