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Significant 1903 EventsRichard Steif designs the first fuzzy toy bear which he names after President Teddy Roosevelt. Henry Ford organizes the Ford Motor Co. The first Harley-Davidson motorbike rolls off the assembly line.  The first trip by automobile across the US is completed – a Packard takes 52 days to go from San Francisco to NYC. Orville and Wilbur Wright launch the world’s first successful manned flight in a motorized airplane at Kitty Hawk, NC – 852 feet in 59 seconds.  Pierre and Marie Curie win the Nobel Prize in physics.  Sanka decaffeinated coffee appears.  Milton Hershey lays the cornerstone of a chocolate factory. US and Panama sign a treaty giving US a strip of land across the isthmus. The Pacific cable is completed – the first around the world message sent by President Roosevelt comes back to him in 12 minutes. Regular news service begins between London and New York via Marconi’s wireless system.  The New York Stock Exchange building at Broad and Wall Streets is dedicated. Boston beats Pittsburgh 3-0 in the first annual World Series. The population of California is less than 1.5 million. The Tamalpais Land & Water Company subdivides land for sale in the Homestead Valley area of Rancho Sausalito.