What Happened in January 1904

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Neth Indies colony begins opium production
  • Jan 4 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
  • Jan 4 In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted
  • Jan 5 -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
  • Jan 5 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • Jan 5 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68

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Jan 7 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Jan 8 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
  • Jan 11 Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
  • Jan 12 Southwest Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison

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Jan 17 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • Jan 21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno

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Jan 23 Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jan 25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 J M Synge's "Ruders to the Sea" premieres in Dublin
  • Jan 28 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • Jan 29 1st athletic letters given (Univ of Chicago football team)
  • Jan 31 Bela Bartok's symphony "Kossuth" premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (d. 1982)
  • Jan 1 Ethan Allen, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Jan 1 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • Jan 2 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • Jan 2 Sally Rand, Hickory County MO, stripper (fan dance)
  • Jan 3 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • Jan 5 Erica Morini, concert violinist (d. 1995), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 5 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy" (d. 1997)
  • Jan 8 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)
  • Jan 10 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer
  • Jan 10 Ray Bolger, Dorchester Mass, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz)
  • Jan 11 Frederick Boland, Irish diplomat/president (UN General Assembly)
  • Jan 12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
  • Jan 13 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • Jan 14 Cecil Beaton, England, royal family photographer
  • Jan 14 Emily Hahn, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Jan 16 Max Vredenburg, composer
  • Jan 17 Grant Withers, Pueblo CO, actor (Oklahoma, Annie)
  • Jan 17 Patsy Ruth Miller, actress (Quebec, Wide Open, Sap, Twin Beds)
  • Jan 18 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], Bristol England, actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest)
  • Jan 18 Henri-Georges Adam, French etcher/painter/sculptor (Grand Nude)
  • Jan 18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 19 James Winston Watts, developer (Frontal Lobotomy)
  • Jan 20 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • Jan 20 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/grandson of Bakunin
  • Jan 20 Theodore Brameld, author/educator (Use of Explosive Ideas)
  • Jan 21 Joseph Ford McGuinn, actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 21 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)

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Jan 22 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • Jan 22 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)
  • Jan 23 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, born in Telč (d. 1969)
  • Jan 25 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Het Parool)
  • Jan 26 Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail)

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Jan 26 Sean MacBride, statesman/Amnesty Intl co-founder (Nobel '74), born in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 26 Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
  • Jan 28 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • Jan 31 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)

Famous Weddings

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Jan 28 German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (28) weds Emma Weyer at St. Stephan Catholic Church in Lindenthal, Germany

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer

Famous Deaths

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Jan 2 James Longstreet, Confederate general, dies at 82

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • Jan 5 Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • Jan 9 Alfred Richard, cricketer (6 & 0 in only Test for S Af 1895-96), dies
  • Jan 10 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)
  • Jan 15 Eduard Lassen, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 26 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 26 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)
  • Jan 27 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73