What Happened in 1908 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 224

  • Jun 14 Fourth German Navy Bill is passed authorising the financing the building of another four major warships.
  • Jun 15 World congress for Women's rights opens in Amsterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Theodore Roosevelt picks William Howard Taft as his successor

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jun 18 Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship
  • Jun 19 48th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 291 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Jun 23 The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro's government to compensate Americans for injuries suffered in the uprising of 1899
  • Jun 23 Shah Mohammed Ali leads a successful counter-revolution in Persia, aided by the Russian legation and a Cossack brigade
  • Jun 27 22nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maud Barger-Wallach beats Evelyn Sears (6-3, 1-6, 6-3)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jun 30 Tunguska Event: a giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 25th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Morton (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 3 32nd Wimbledon Mens' Tennis: Arthur Gore beats H Roper-Barrett (6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4)
  • Jul 4 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
  • Jul 5 Niazi Bey, a chief organizer of the revolutionary movement in Turkey, raises the standard of revolt at Resna, Macedonia
  • Jul 6 Robert Peary's expedition sails from NYC for north pole
  • Jul 7 Great White Fleet leaves SF Bay

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 7 The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Jul 8 Uprisings spread throughout Turkey
  • Jul 9 CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
  • Jul 10 H Kamerlingh Onnes makes helium liquid (-269°C)
  • Jul 19 Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 24 John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • Jul 24 After days of discussion with his ministers, Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey announces he is restoring the liberal constitution of 1876 and will become more responsive to demands of dissidents
  • Jul 25 Ajinomoto Co. is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), patents a process for manufacturing it.
  • Jul 26 United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).
  • Jul 29 St Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics
  • Jul 30 Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
  • Aug 3 French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France. Known as the 'Old man of La Chappelle' his skeleton shows that Neanderthals led physically stressful lives with high risk of injury.
  • Aug 6 St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
  • Aug 7 The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington
  • Aug 9 6th Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
  • Aug 11 King Edward VII of Britain meets with Emperor Wilhelm of Friedrichshof, Germany; the main point of contention is the increasing size of Germany's navy

CommunicationModel T

Aug 12 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car

  • Aug 13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • Aug 13 King Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies
  • Aug 14 Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • Aug 14 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • Aug 16 The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion
  • Aug 17 B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 17 Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery, San Francisco
  • Aug 17 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl
  • Aug 20 Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
  • Aug 20 America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Aug 24 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 25 Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race
  • Aug 25 National Association of Colored Nurses forms
  • Aug 27 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 28 14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
  • Aug 29 NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London
  • Aug 29 28th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Beals Wright (6-1, 6-2, 8-6)
  • Sep 2 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 3 James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • Sep 4 Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • Sep 5 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va

  • Sep 9 Russia takes part of Poland
  • Sep 12 Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants
  • Sep 16 Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
  • Sep 17 Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight
  • Sep 18 Cleve Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1
  • Sep 19 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • Sep 22 Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
  • Sep 23 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • Sep 23 University of Alberta opens
  • Sep 24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • Sep 25 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • Sep 26 Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Dodgers in a doubleheader

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Sep 29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Maurice Maeterlinck's "L'oiseau Blue" premieres in Moscow

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Oct 1 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)
  • Oct 1 Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Oct 2 Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Oct 5 Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar
  • Oct 5 White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
  • Oct 6 Austria annexes Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Oct 6 Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 6 Yanks lose 100th game of year go 51-103 for season
  • Oct 7 Crete revolts against Turkey & aligns with Greece
  • Oct 7 Serbia & Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
  • Oct 8 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • Oct 14 Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • Oct 14 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
  • Oct 14 Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers
  • Oct 14 4th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 57-0 in College Park
  • Oct 16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • Oct 18 Belgium annexes Congo Free State
  • Oct 20 King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
  • Oct 24 Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Emperor Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 509

  • Mar 9 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, born in Porte Alegre (d. 1965)
  • Mar 10 Carl Albert, US speaker of house (1971-77)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • Mar 12 David Saul Marshall, diplomat lawyer/politician
  • Mar 12 Inez Courtney, actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 13 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician
  • Mar 13 Paul Stewart, actor (Top Secret USA, Deadline), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 13 Walter Annenberg, publisher (Triangle-TV Guide)/Amb to GB, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 14 Maurice (Jean Jacques) Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher
  • Mar 14 Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, composer
  • Mar 14 Ed Heinemann, American aircraft designer (Douglas Aircraft; d. 1991)
  • Mar 16 Robert Rossen director/writer (Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo)
  • Mar 17 Boris N Poveloi, [Kampov], Russian journalist/writer [OS=Mar 4]
  • Mar 17 Radie Britain, composer
  • Mar 17 Brigitte Helm, German actress (d. 1996)
  • Mar 18 Louis Gaste, songwriter
  • Mar 20 Frank Stanton, Muskegon Mich, broadcasting executive (CBS)
  • Mar 20 Michael Redgrave, Bristol England, actor (Browning Version, Lady Vanishes)
  • Mar 20 Philip "Felix" Bekkers, actor (Czardasvorstin)
  • Mar 22 Maurice Stans, politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, born in Shakopee, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • Mar 22 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, born in Langenbeutingen (d. 2000)
  • Mar 22 Louis D L'Amour, Jamestown ND, author (Hondo, Jubal Sackett)
  • Mar 22 Maurice H Stans, Shakope Minn, Secretary of Commerce (1969-72)
  • Mar 23 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate
  • Mar 25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 25 David Lean, English director (Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter), born in Croydon, England

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Mar 26 Betty MacDonald, [Anne E Campbell Bard], US writer (Egg & I)
  • Mar 26 Hank Sylvern, American orchestra leader (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 26 Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, Essen Germany, tennis star (French 1935)
  • Mar 26 Kenneth Mellanby, entomologist
  • Mar 26 Robert William Paine, architect
  • Mar 27 Jacques [Izaak] den Haan, Dutch writer (Dangerous Book)
  • Mar 29 Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, Second Hundred Years), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 29 Dennis O'Keefe, actor/director (T-Men, Fighting Seabees), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1968)
  • Mar 30 Camille Schmit, composer
  • Mar 30 Kurt Bruggemann, composer
  • Mar 30 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • Mar 31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
  • Apr 1 Abraham H Maslow, US psychologist (humanistic psychology)
  • Apr 2 Buddy Ebsen, Belleville Il, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
  • Apr 4 Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, author (Cheaper by the Dozen)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5 Bette Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Apr 5 George Schick, Prague Czech, conductor (Chicago Symphony)
  • Apr 5 Grady Sutton, Chattanooga Tn, actor (Pruitts of South Hampton)
  • Apr 5 Herbert von Karajan, Austria, Nazi/conductor (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • Apr 5 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 6 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • Apr 7 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician
  • Apr 7 Percy Faith, conductor (Summer Place)
  • Apr 8 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
  • Apr 9 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • Apr 9 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian/French painter/author (Op Art)
  • Apr 10 Aidan Crawley, CEO (London Weekend TV)
  • Apr 11 Karel Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto)
  • Apr 11 Leo Rosten, writer/humourist
  • Apr 11 Masura Ibuka, industrialist
  • Apr 12 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president of Colombia
  • Apr 12 John T Hughes, Bishop to Forces
  • Apr 12 Virginia Cherrill, actress (Lake Extra, Brat, City Lights, Delicious)
  • Apr 12 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American Air Force pilot (d. 2006)
  • Apr 15 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), born in Brooklyn, New York (d.1995)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 15 Lita Grey, Hollywood California, American actress, born in Hollywood, California (d. 1995)

Actress Lita Grey
Lita Grey
  • Apr 18 Edward Roberts, bishop (Ely)
  • Apr 18 Henry Guinness, missionary
  • Apr 18 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festspiele)
  • Apr 18 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme)
  • Apr 20 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Hertogenbosch
  • Apr 20 Lionel Hampton, orchestra leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below)
  • Apr 21 Louis Hostin, France, Light Heavyweight, Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
  • Apr 23 Frederick Hawkins, dancer
  • Apr 23 Herbert Telley, British actuary
  • Apr 23 Myron Waldman, American animator (d. 2006)
  • Apr 24 Heddy Bouber, [Hermanus G Blom], actor (Bluejackets)
  • Apr 24 Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Edward R Murrow, Pole Creek NC, newscaster (Person to Person)
  • Apr 28 Arnoud Breeveld, Suriname bishop
  • Apr 28 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (Australian opener of 30's)
  • Apr 28 Michael T Fitzmaurice, actor (Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler
  • Apr 29 Jack [Stewart] Williamson, US, sci-fi author (Cometeers)
  • Apr 29 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
  • Apr 30 Eve Arden [Eunice Mary Quedens], American actress (Our Miss Brooks), born in Mill Valley, California, (d. 1990)
  • Apr 30 Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic foreign and later prime minister (d. 1970)
  • May 1 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • May 2 William Bakewell, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 5 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • May 5 Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • May 6 Necil Kazim Akses, composer
  • May 7 Ed MacDonald, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown)
  • May 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer (d. 1981)
  • May 8 Arturo De Cordova, [Rodriguez], Merida Mexico, actor (Medal for Benny)
  • May 9 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Carl Albert, (D) speaker of the House
  • May 10 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP
  • May 13 Michael Richardson, commandant (Home for Disabled Sailors)
  • May 15 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, Akarp Sweden, composer (Linden)
  • May 16 Hilary Preston, editor
  • May 16 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • May 17 Sigismund Toduta, composer

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