The Year 1901
Events gallery heading 1901: Living at the Time of the Census Events of 1901



First British submarine boat launched at Barrow-in-Furness.

General Sir Redvers Buller defends his role in the siege of Ladysmith in public, claiming he is the victim of a conspiracy. He is subsequently sacked from the army. More on Buller.


Imperial Tobacco Company, the largest company in Britain, is formed to combat American competition. More on the economy.

Santos Dumont balloon - link to enlarged version
  20 Brazilian aeronaut Santos Dumont pilots a motor balloon from St. Cloud in Paris around the Eiffel Tower and back within half an hour, winning the Deutsche prize of 100,000 francs. The Times reports that he 'drove his balloon…as easily and dexterously as a competent jockey rides a well-trained horse'. More on air transport.

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