The History Anorak Timeline

1900- 14

Timeline Index

Marquess of Queensbury (boxing rules) dies

Creation of the Labour Party

Relief of Mafeking

Paris International Exhibition - Metro system opens

Campaign for pure beer 

Coca-Cola arrives in the UK

Oscar Wilde dies

1900
Planck proposes quantum theory

Arthur Evans starts work at Knossos

Blood types A, B & C discovered

Sigmund Freud publishes "The Interpretation of Dreams"
Queen Victoria dies

Toulouse-Lautrec dies

Boxing legalised

Walt Disney born (d.1966)

1901
Nobel Prizes first awarded

Willhelm Roentgen wins Nobel Physics prize for discovery of X-rays

Gillette launches first disposable razor

1st diesel motor car goes on show in UK

1st Transatlantic wireless message sent by Guglielmo Marconi

Masefield's "Salt-Water Ballads"

End of Boer War

Ban on women bar staff in Glasgow overturned by appeal court

New York State bans flirting in public

Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"

HG Wells's "The First Men on the Moon"

Conan-Doyle revives Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

Emile Zola dies

1902
London smallpox outbreak brings calls for national vaccination programme

1st special effects movie "A Trip to the Moon" produced by George Melies

Barbituric acid (sleeping pills) patented
Tour de France cycle race launched

Paul Gaugin dies

James McNeill Whistler dies

Barbara Hepworth (sculptor) born (d.1975)

George Orwell born (d. 1950)

1903
Wilber and Orville Wright make first powered flight

Richard Gatling dies

Kew Bridge opens over River Thames

London's first electric trams

Marie Curie wins Nobel Prize

Henry Morton Stanley dies

Salvador Dali born (d.1989)
1904
1st attempt at talking pictures

Metropolitan Underground line electrified in London

Automobile Association founded

Dr Thomas John Barnardo dies

Jules Verne dies
1905
Einstein's Miracle year including Special Theory of Relativity

First successful cornea transplant takes place in Olomouc (Czech Republic)

Mt Vesuvius erupts

San Francisco earthquake

Paul Cezanne dies

Henrik Ibsen dies
1906
Position of magnetic north established

Pierre Curie dies in road accident

Sonar invented

1st picture transmitted by telegraph

Finland elects worlds first women MPs

Rudyard Kipling gets Nobel Prize for literature

Herge born (Creator of Tintin. d.1983)

Baden-Powell forms the Boy Scout movement

Edvard Grieg (norwegian composer) dies

1907
Pavlov's dogs experiment
Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows"

W G Grace plays his last season

NSPCC founder Rev Benjamin Waugh dies

Jack Johnson becomes the first black world heavyweight boxer

1908
First Model T Ford

1st person to die in a plane crash is Lt Thomas Selfridge (26)

Ernest Rutherford wins Nobel chemistry prize

Physicist Henri Becquerel dies
1st closed top double decker buses arrive in Widnes

1st old age pension paid in the UK  - 5/- a week

1909
Bakelite first manufactured commercially

Louis Bleriot is first man to fly accorss the Channel
Crippen hanged

Girl Guides formed

Mount Etna erupts

Edward VII dies

Florence Nightingale dies

Mark Twain dies (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Holman Hunt dies

Leo Tolstoy dies

1910
Wicken Fen drainage engine built

Marie Curie isolates pure radium

The Daylight Comet
Return of Halley's Comet
Royal Liver Building, Liverpool built

"Spirit of Ecstasy" figurine commissioned for Rolls-Royce

Work completed on saving Winchester Cathedral from the "flood"

Joseph Pulitzer (journalist and publisher) dies

1911
Middlesborough Transporter Bridge opens

Marie Curie receives (her second) Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Both boats sink in University Boat Race

First aeroplane parachute jump made

Royal Flying Corps (later RAF) founded

1st Keystone Cops film

Samuel Taylor Coleridge dies

1912
Titanic sinks

Marconi invents wireless compass

Continental drift theory proposed by Alfred Wegener

Joseph Lister (antiseptic pioneer) dies
Suffragette Emily Davison dies

Robert Falcon Scott and team found dead in Antarctica

1913
Panama Canal opens

Edison invents telphone recorder
First World War starts

Sir John Tenniel (Alice illustrator) dies
1914
Edison patents electric miners' safety lamp