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January  Gaumont's UK film production facilities move from Brixton to Walton-on-Thames to collaborate with Cecil Hepworth. > 1902 end
February 2  Funeral of Queen Victoria is filmed.  
•  In its 1900/01 financial year, UK’s Gramophone and Typewriter Company makes £79,348 net profit.  
April 12  Mercury arc lamp is shown in public in UK by Peter Cooper Hewitt. See also 1857
July 15  Biograph loses a court case brought by Edison over use of patented cinematograph equipment. The decision effectively leaves Edison with a monopoly. But see 1902 
August 6  Berners Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London is opened as the first UK cinema by Royal Animated and Singing Picture Co; the programme includes disc ‘talkies’.  
October 3  Victor Talking Machine Company is founded by Eldridge R Johnson and Emile Berliner.  
December 7  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 John’s, Newfoundland—the first transatlantic radio reception.  
end  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 Britain’s 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. go to 1912
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