World Events

Posted in 1903

  • Dr Pierre Curie and Madame Marie Curie, with daughter IreneWright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, make the first powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine, at Kitty Hawk, South Carolina, USA.
  • Henry Ford sets up his Motor Company.
  • The first coast to coast crossing of America by car, takes 65 days.
  • Marie and Pierre Curie share the Nobel Prize for Physics with scientist Henri Becquerel for their work on radioactivity. Marie Curie, discoverer of radium, becomes the first female Nobel Laureate.
  • Formation of the Women's Social and Political Union in Britain by Emmeline Pankhurst to demand votes for women. It is not until 1918, after proving their ability in almost every occupation during World War I, that women over the age "Votes for women"of 30 acquire the vote. They gain equality of franchise with men in 1928.
  • First Tour de France bicycle race.