1900s Timeline of Events from 1900 to 1909

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01
of 10
1900

King Umberto I
King Umberto I of Italy was assassinated on July 29, 1900. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

02
of 10
1901

Guglielmo Marconi
Italian pioneer Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signals on December 12, 1901. The Print Collector / Print Collector / Getty Images

03
of 10
1902

Mount Pelee
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  • Boer War Ends
  • Mount Pelée Erupts
  • The Teddy Bear Is Introduced
  • U.S. Passes the Chinese Exclusion Act

04
of 10
1903

Wright Brothers
Wilbur and Orville Wright completed the first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. Ann Ronan Pictures / Print Collector / Getty Images / Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

05
of 10
1904

Panama Canal
The United States bought the land for the Panama Canal in 1904 for $40 million, and proceeded to complete the 80 kilometer long canal between 1904 and 1914. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

06
of 10
1905

Albert Einstein
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  • "Bloody Sunday" and the Russian Revolution of 1905
  • Einstein Proposes His Theory of Relativity
  • First Gallery of the Simplon Tunnel Through the Alps Completed
  • First U.S. Movie Theater Opens 
  • Freud Publishes His Theory of Sexuality
  • Paintings by Matisse and Derain Introduce Fauvism

07
of 10
1906

San Francisco Earthquake
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08
of 10
1907

Typhoid Mary
Mary Mallon ("Typhoid Mary") was the first person identified as a carrier of typhoid bacilli in the United States. Herself immune to the disease, spread typhoid while working as a cook in NYC. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

09
of 10
1908

Ford Model-T
Library of Congress

10
of 10
1909

Robert Peary and Dogs
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Japan's Prince Ito is Assassinated

NAACP Is Founded

Plastic Is Invented

Robert Peary Becomes the First to Reach the North Pole

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