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  Timeline: 1903
 
 
 
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
Historian

 
Date Race Winner Distance
April 11, 1903 Paris-Roubaix Hyppolite Aucouturier (FRA) 268 km
July 1-19, 1903 Tour de France Maurice Garin (FRA) 6 Stages, 2,428 km
  • Tour de France - The first ever “Grand Boucle” began at the Reveil Matin Café in a suburb of Paris July 1, 1903.
  • Kitty Hawk, NC - December 1903, inventors Orville and Wilber Wright flew the first airplane. From their Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop, the two brothers created the first flying machine. On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright climbed aboard the machine, rolled down a 60-foot track and soared over 120 feet during the 12-second flight. Aviation history was made.
  • Nobel Prize for Physics - December 1903, Pierre and Marie Curie receive the Nobel Prize for Physics. Madam Marie Sklodowska Curie was best known for her work on radioactivity. Her scientific studies lead to changes in the understanding of matter and energy.
  • Ford Motor Company - 1903, Henry Ford set in motion the Ford Motor Company and put the nation on wheels. By 1907, showed the first horseless buggy, the Model T Ford (the Tin Lizzie) to Detroit. The first production Model T Ford was built on September 27, 1908. Henry Ford continued building the "Tin Lizzie" for the next 19 years, when he replaced it with the Model A Ford.
  • Harley-Davidson Motorcycles - William Harley and Arthur Davidson, two Milwaukee mechanics, started building motorcycles. The Harley-Davidson motorcycles are world famous today.

Notable Deaths -
Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903,
at the age of 35, he gave up a career as a Paris stockbroker to become an impressionist painter. At the age of 43, he left his family and France to live in Tahiti.

 

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