H S Bhatavdekar shoots the first historically significant Indian newsreel footage, released in 1902 as Reception to Senior Wrangler R P Paranjpye after his Arrival from Cambridge on December 7, 1901.
December 12, 12:30
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), with George Stephen Kemp and Percy Paget, transmits a radio signal of the Morse code for S from 10kW station at Poldhu, Cornwall to Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundlandthe first transatlantic radio reception.
First regular Finnish motion picture theatre, Kinematograf International, opens in Helsinki. It is closed soon after.
Cinι-Photo-Matographe sound-on-disc system is demonstrated at the London Hippodrome.
In Milan, Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) makes his first recording for Britains Gramophone Company.
Patent litigation between rival audio recording formats is rife.
British Admiralty signs an exclusive agreement with Marconi Company to use his system of wireless telegraphy with ships at sea. A similar agreement is made with Lloyds.
Film system called the Kammatograph employs a 30cm glass disc containing a spiral of around 600 photographic images. A hand-crank rotates the disc and by means of a cam-screw mechanism keeps the position of the images in line with the lens/light path.
Eichengrun and Becker introduce cellulose diacetate safety film as an alternative to cellulose nitrate.