In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hudson Fulton Exhibition of American furniture opened.

The World’s Tallest Building until 1913 (42-stories), the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower, was completed in New York City by Napoleon Le Brun and Sons.

Frank Lloyd Wright completed the Frederick G. Robie House, as well as the furniture, in Chicago and moved to Paris in the same year.

Gene Autier wrote and starred in the film The Girl Spy.

Hiawatha was produced by Carl Laemmle’s Independent Moving Picture Company.

Gertrude Stein published Three Lives.

“That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune” and “Yiddle on Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, were popular songs.

Collections of modernist poetry by Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams were published, respectively.

The first blues song to be written down was W.C. Handy’s Memphis Blues..

Eleven states required automobile licenses.

Bakelite plastic was introduced.

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, Washington.

Standard Oil's John D. Rockefeller was the world's first billionaire.

June 22:  The first transcontinental car race was won by a Model T Ford.

January 19:  Eugene Walter’s The Easiest Way, a play, opened in New York.

March 7:  Arbor Day was designated to honor Luther Burbank in California.

June 9:  The first woman to drive cross-country, Alice Huyler Ramsey, began her voyage.

August 2:  The Lincoln penny replaced the 50-year-old Indian head penny.

September 27:  Three million acres in the west was set aside for National Park land.

October:  The American Ladies Tailors Association promoted their “suffragette suit” in New York.

October 28:  The Cort Theater, which sat 900, opened in Chicago.

November 1:  Sergey Rachmaninoff made his American debut at Smith College.

November 24:  The “Uprising of Thirty Thousand,” a garment worker’s strike, broke out in New York City.

December 29:  The first known “goddamn” was uttered in a performance of Clyde Fitch’s play The City.