|Centuries:||19 century - 20 century - 21 century|
|Decades:||1870s 1880s 1890s - 1900s - 1910s 1920s 1930s|
|Years:||1899 1900 1901 - 1902 - 1903 1904 1905|
Events of 1902
- January 1 - The first college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena.
- January 8 - A train collision occurs in the New York Central Railroad's Park Avenue Tunnel in New York City killing 17 people, injuring 38 and leading to increased demand for electric trains.
- January 28 - The Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington, DC with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
- February 11 - Police physically abuse universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels.
- February 15 - Berlin U-Bahn underground is opened.
- February 18 - US President Roosevelt prosecutes the Northern Securities Company for violation of the Sherman Act.
- March 4 - The American Automobile Association (AAA) is founded.
- March 6 - Real Madrid is founded as "FC Madrid".
- March 7 - Second Boer War: South African Boers win their last battle over British forces, with the capture of a British general and 200 of his men.
- March 10 - Circuit Court's decision Thomas Edison from having a monopoly on motion picture technology.
- March 31 - Disputed first powered heavier-than-air flight; most date it to year 1903, if at all.
- April 2 - "Electric Theatre", the first movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
- April 11 - Enrico Caruso made the first ten of his 496 recordings, in Milan under the supervision of Frederick William Gaisberg, recording engineer for the Gramophone and Typewriter, Ltd..
- April 13 - A new car speed record of 74mph is set in Nice, France, by Leon Serpollet.
- April 19 - A magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocks Guatemala, 2,000 people die.
- April 26 - Hibernian Football Club (Edinburgh) Win The Scottish Cup, defeating Glasgow Celtic F.C. 1-0 At Parkhead (Glasgow). The Hibernian Team That Day Was (Harry Rennie, Archie Gray, Bobby Glen, Barney Breslin, Jimmy Harrower, Alex Robertson, Johnny McCall, Andy McGeachan, Johnny Divers, Paddy Callaghan, Bobby Atherton).Andy McGeachan scored the winning goal.
- April 28 - Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1, Year Zero occurred at 10:40 AM on this date.
- The Irish National Theatre Society is founded by W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge and George Russell.
- May 5 - Commonwealth Public Service Act creates Australia's Public Service.
- May 8 - In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroys the town of Saint-Pierre, and kills over 30,000 people. Only a small handful of St. Pierre's residents survived the blast.
- May 13 - Alfonso XIII of Spain formally begins his reign.
- May 15 - In a field outside Grass Valley, California, Lyman Gilmore reportedly becomes the first person to fly a powered airplane (a steam-powered glider).
- May 20 - Cuba gains independence from the United States.
- May 24 - The town of Gore, Oklahoma was established.
- May 29 - Lord Rosebery opens London School of Economics.
- May 31 - Treaty of Vereeniging ends Second Boer War.
- June 2 - The Anthracite Coal Strike begins in the United States.
- June 15 - The New York Central railroad inaugurates the 20th Century Limited passenger train between Chicago and New York City, New York.
- June 16 - Australia: Female British subjects (with the exception of Asians, Aborigines and Africans) win the vote with the Uniform Franchise Act.
- June 17 - Norwich City Football Club is formed
- June 26 - Edward VII institutes The Order of Merit.
- July 10 - Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, PA, kills 112 miners.
- July 11
- July 14 - St Mark's Campanile in Venice collapses.
- July 23 - Excelsior Rotterdam was founded.
- August 1 - 100 miners die in a pit explosion in Wollongong, Australia.
- August 9 - Edward VII is crowned King of the United Kingdom.
- August 22 - Theodore Roosevelt became the first American President to ride in an automobile when he rode in a Columbia Electric Victoria through Hartford, Connecticut.
- August 24 - Hereford & District Skittle league formed in England
- September 3 - Popular author Sarah Orne Jewett is thrown out of a carriage, virtually ending her writing career.
- November 30 - American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years hard labor.
- November-December - Venezuela Crisis between the United States and Germany.
- December 10 - The first Aswan Dam on The Nile is completed.
- December 31 - Scott, Shackleton and Wilson reach the furthest southern point thus far by man at 82°17'S.
- January 6 - Helmut Poppendick, German physician (d. 1994)
- January 25 - Johann von Leers, anti-Jewish polemicist (d. 1965)
- February 27 - John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
- April 3 - Reinhard Gehlen, German military intelligence officer and Cold War spymaster (d. 1979)
- May 24 - Austin J. App, German-American revisionist professor (d. 1984)
- July 4 - Meyer Lansky, Jewish gangster (d. 1983)
- October 2 - John G. Crommelin, Admiral and segregationist (d. 1996)