What Happened in January 1908

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • Jan 1 Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • Jan 2 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • Jan 7 England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • Jan 9 Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium
  • Jan 9 Muir Woods National Monument, California, established
  • Jan 12 A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • Jan 13 French pilot Henry Farman is first European to fly 1km circuit
  • Jan 13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • Jan 13 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
  • Jan 14 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v Eng Adelaide (116)
  • Jan 15 C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust
  • Jan 15 Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority: first Greek-letter organization established by African American college women
  • Jan 16 Pinnacles National Monument, California established
  • Jan 18 Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres
  • Jan 21 August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten" premieres in Stockholm
  • Jan 21 NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
  • Jan 23 US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
  • Jan 24 Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts
  • Jan 25 John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • Jan 27 Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
  • Jan 29 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Oly-silver-1928)
  • Jan 2 Ben Grauer, American newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 2 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • Jan 5 George Dolenz, Trieste Italy, actor (Count of Monte Cristo)
  • Jan 6 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Jan 7 Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)
  • Jan 8 (Fearless) Mary Nadia Wadia, actress
  • Jan 8 William Hartnell, actor (Agitator, Jackpot), born in London, England

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Jan 9 Simone de Beauvoir, France, author (Mandarins, 2nd Sex)

  • Jan 10 Bernard Lee, English actor (M in James Bond movies), born in London, England

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Jan 10 Paul Henreid, Trieste, actor (Casablanca, 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)

  • Jan 11 Lionel Stander, American actor (Max-Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Ben Seijes, Dutch historian (WW II)
  • Jan 12 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • Jan 12 Clement Hurd, American illustrator (d. 1988)
  • Jan 14 Carl Esmond, actor (Address Unknown, Hitler), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 14 Ruggiero de Rudolpho Columbo, US singer/actor (Miracle of Women)

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Jan 15 Edward Teller, Budapest Hungary, fathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project), (d. 2003)

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  • Jan 15 Roberta Bitgood, composer
  • Jan 16 Ethel Merman, stage & screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam)
  • Jan 16 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • Jan 17 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • Jan 17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59)
  • Jan 18 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1972)
  • Jan 18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • Jan 19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • Jan 20 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • Jan 20 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress/producer (Masquerade)
  • Jan 20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • Jan 23 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist
  • Jan 23 Pak Saleman Siswowitono, Javan/Surinamese writer
  • Jan 25 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar)
  • Jan 25 W H V "Hopper" Levett, cricket keeper (England in 1 Test in Calcutta)
  • Jan 26 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz/violinist
  • Jan 26 Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)
  • Jan 27 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • Jan 27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • Jan 28 Hans [Hendrik AJ] Tiemeijer, Dutch actor/director/writer (Fear)
  • Jan 28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • Jan 29 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
  • Jan 31 René Simone Mathieu, France, doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Abraham Goldfaden, US Yiddish stage performer (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, writer, dies
  • Jan 10 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • Jan 17 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • Jan 25 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • Jan 25 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)