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History :: National Events in 1902
The following major events occurred in 1902:
  • One of the popular ragtime tunes was Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag"
  • J. P. Morgan's U.S Steel announces $174 million profit in its first full statement to the stockholders 
  • Carnegie Institute founded to promote research in the humanities and sciences 
  • Michigan defeats Stanford 49 - 0 in the 1st Rose Bowl Game
  • France: Miners win victory in the National Assembly as the work day is officially reduced to nine hours but the National Congress of Miners strikes for an 8-hour day 
  • American pilot and first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean Charles Lindberg is born
  • The American Automobile Association is formed
  • May 5, 1902 Tennessee mine explosion kills 22 miners 
  • May 12, 1902 145,000 miners strike in Pennsylvania over increased pay, shorter hours and better working conditions. The Nation worries if it will have enough home heating fuel
  • Woodrow Wilson becomes President of Princeton University 
  • The Military Academy at West Point turns 100 years old 
  • The Twentieth Century Limited sets rail speed record covering New York to Chicago (481 miles) in 16 hours
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, the famous 3M, is founded
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes appointed to the Unites States Supreme Court
  • The American Buffalo is saved from extinction as Yellowstone Park takes in herds
  • October 15, 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt names a panel of arbitrators to settle the coal strike with the final agreement accepted by the United Mine Workers
  • Cadillac Company formed making its first car the sleek Runabout 
  • Measles kills thousands along the Arctic coast
  • Marconi sends messages across the Atlantic Ocean to Newfoundland 
  • "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is published by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "In the Good Old Summertime" sells 1 million copies
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