1901 Census News

Ever wondered what was happening around the time of the UK 1901 Census? Well here's a snap shot of the year detailing some of the exciting times of the year 1901.

GOD save the Queen

January 22 - Edward VII becomes King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

Wright Brothers Flight

In 1901, the Wright brothers had built and tested a glider whose flights were a source of great disappointment and frustration. They based their design on the lift tables of Otto Lilienthal, but the performance of the glider was far below what they had predicted.

In order to fly, the glider required a greater windspeed and a higher angle of attack than they had anticipated, and required a significant modification to the airfoil in order to get even marginally satisfactory results. Although the glider's performance impressed their colleague Octave Chanute, these unexpected results led them to question the accuracy of Lilienthal's data.

Christmas becomes Brighter

Christmas tree lights are introduced by Edison General Electric Co.

Plastic Surgery

The first facelift is performed by Eugene Hollander in Berlin on a Polish aristocrat.

Australia celebrates Independance

The Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated on 1st January 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney. In March, elections were held for the new Federal Parliament, and in May the celebrations focused on Melbourne, where the first Federal Parliament was opened in the Royal Exhibition Building.

War in South Africa

After the capture of their capital cities the Boers have turned to guerilla warfare, blowing up trains and ambushing British troops and garrisons. In response, the British forces are implementing their so-called 'scorched earth policy', burning farms and confiscating foodstuffs in an attempt to starve the Boer commandos into submission. Thousands of women and children have been removed from the farms and towns where they lived and placed in concentration camps where malnutrition and disease is rife.

Marconi transmits wireless signal across the atlantic

IT'S GOOD TO TALK! On 12 December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi achieved the first wireless signal to be transmitted across the Atlantic from Poldhu, Cornwall to Newfoundland. Aged only 27, facing much opposition and almost overwhelming difficulties, his success marked a turning point in world-wide communication.

1901 Greatest hits

The Billboard by John N. Klohr
Davy Jones' Locker by H.W. Petrie
Sweet Annie Moore by John H. Flynn
Tobermory by Harry Lauder
I've Grown So Used to You by Chattaway
Coon! Coon! Coon! by L. Friedman & G. Jefferson
Mighty Lak' a Rose by F. Stanton & E. Nevin
A Signal from Mars by E.T. Paull

New inventions since the last census:

1892 - Diesel Engine (Rudolf Diesel - Germany)
1893 - Dishwasher (Josephine Cochran - USA)
1895 - Wireless Telegraphy (G. Marconi - Italy)
1895 - X-Ray (Wilhelm C. Roentgen - Germany)
1898 - Tape Recorder (Valdemar Poulson - Denmark)
1899 - Aspirin (Felix Hoffman - Germany)
1899 - Paper Clip (Johann Vaaler - Norway)

Modern, efficient, clean and glamorous, Z-type electric tram, 1901

The arrival of the electric-powered tram on London's streets has brought classless public transport to the masses.


English League:
Sunderland AFC
Sunderland AFC
F.A. CUP 1901:
Tottenham H.
Runner up:
Sheffield Utd.
sunderland AFC

Car Industry

Panhard & Levassor are proud to introduce their revolutionary new model, the B2. It is the first car to use the System Panhard front-engine, rear-drive method.


The new one penny coin is out !

Female Fragrance

La Parisienne Perfumes hit the streets and become all the rage. They beomce the must have ultimate seduction tool.

Picasso Exhibition

The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso opens in Parison June 24th

Further 1901 World Events

January 1901

Tuesday 01 - The first official Mummers Parade is held.

Monday 07 - Alferd Packer is released from prison after serving 18 years for cannibalism.

Thursday 10 - The first great Texas gusher, oil discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.

Tuesday 22 - Edward VII becomes King after his mother, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, dies.

February 1901

Wednesday 20 - The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.

Monday 25 - J.P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.

March 1901

Saturday 02 - The U.S. Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.

Wednesday 06 - In Bremen an assassin attempts to kill Wilhelm II of Germany.

Sunday 17 - A showing of 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation.

Monday 25 - At the five-day "Week of Nice" race in Nice, France, Mercedes wins its first racing victory.

April 1901

Thursday 25 - New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.

May 1901

Wednesday 01 - The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York.

Thursday 09 - Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.

Monday 27 - In New Jersey, the Edison Storage Battery Company is founded.

June 1901

Tuesday 11 - New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands.

Monday 24 - First exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens.

July 1901

Wednesday 24 - O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

August 1901

Tuesday 06 - Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.

Wednesday 14 - The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.

Thursday 22 - Cadillac Motor Company founded

September 1901

Monday 02 - Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.

Thursday 05 - The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (later renamed Minor League Baseball), is formed in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday 06 - Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Saturday 07 - The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Peking Protocol.

Monday 16 - Alturas, California, incorporated as the only city in Modoc County

October 1901

Tuesday 29 - Capital punishment: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of US President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.

November 1901

Friday 01 - Sigma Phi Epsilon, a national men's collegiate fraternity is established at Richmond College, in Richmond, VA.

December 1901

Tuesday 03 - US President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking Congress curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".

Tuesday 10 - First Nobel Prizes awarded

Thursday 12 - First radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean by Guglielmo Marconi

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