• The Alaskan frontier was settled.
• Jack London released "The Call of the Wild."
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• "The Great Train Robbery," at 12 minutes the longest film to date, came to theaters.
• Painter James Whistler died.
• With $100,000 to spend, Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Co.
• The first coast-to-coast crossing of North America by car took 65 days.
• The first teddy bear was designed (and named for President Theodore Roosevelt).
• The first Tour de France bicycle race was held.
• Comedian Bob Hope was born. He died this year.
• William Harley and Arthur Davidson made available the first production motorcycle that bears their names.
• Boston beat Pittsburgh in the first modern World Series.