November 18 — By order of the emperor, Zhmeryntsi is granted the status of a city.
December 17 - American Orville Wright made the world's first recorded flight with a gasoline-powered airplane. The flight lasted 12 seconds.
William Crooks constructed the first scintillation counter
Accidents and disasters
June 7 - the French steamer Liban sank near Marseille after a collision with the steamer l'Insulaire. There were 220 passengers on board, 120 died.
See also Category: Born in 1903
January 2 - Kane Tanaka, Japanese super long-lived woman.
January 12 - Ihor Kurchatov, Soviet nuclear physicist.
February 13 - Georges Simenon, French writer.
February 18 — Mykola Viktorovych Pidgorny, Ukrainian statesman and politician, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine.
March 5 — Natalya Lvivna Zabila, Ukrainian writer, poet, translator.
March 10 - Bix Beiderback, American jazz trombonist and composer.
April 12 - Jan Tiebergen, Dutch economist.
April 18 — Nadiya Kalistrativna Tytarenko, Ukrainian actress.
May 2 - Bing Crosby, American singer.
May 2 - Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician.
May 8 - Fernandel, French comedian.
May 29 - Bob Hope, American comedian.
June 4 - Evgeny Oleksandrovich Mravinsky, Russian conductor, People's Artist of the USSR, laureate of the Stalin and Lenin prizes.
June 6 - Khachaturian Aram Illich, Russian composer.
June 22 - John Dillinger, famous American robber.
June 25 - George Orwell, English writer (d. 1950).
June 26 – St. Louis Jimmy Oden (real name James Burke Oden), American blues singer-songwriter (d. 1977)
July 11 - Abel Rudolf Ivanovych, Soviet spy.
July 14 - Irving Stone, American writer.
August 5 - Hmyria Borys Romanovych, Ukrainian opera singer.
August 6 - Volodymyr Dmytrovych Fatalchuk, Ukrainian artist.
August 16 — Mykola Semenovych Abramchyk, Belarusian publicist, chairman of the Council of the Belarusian People's Republic.
August 7 - Louis Leakey, English anthropologist and archaeologist.
September 9, Lev Shankovsky, Ukrainian economist, journalist, military historian-researcher.
October 4 - Ernst Kaltenbr