What Happened in 1908 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 224 of 224

  • Nov 12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

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Nov 14 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Nov 14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • Nov 14 Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba
  • Nov 16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • Nov 22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • Nov 25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • Nov 28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa
  • Nov 30 8th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Nov 30 The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific
  • Dec 2 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • Dec 3 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres
  • Dec 4 Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
  • Dec 4 The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband
  • Dec 5 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Dec 9 The German Reichstag adopts a progressive social law restricting hours of factory work by young people and women
  • Dec 11 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
  • Dec 12 4th Australasian Championships: Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop (3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Dec 16 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)
  • Dec 17 In Turkey the new parliament convenes with reformist Young Turks as the majority

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 26 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Dec 28 Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
  • Dec 29 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 509

  • May 17 Zinka Milanov, Zagreb Yugoslavia, soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927)
  • May 19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)

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May 20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • May 22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • May 22 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)

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May 23 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • May 23 Max Abramovitz, US architect (Lincoln Center, UN Building)
  • May 24 Kresimir Fribec, composer
  • May 24 Michael Roberts, historian
  • May 25 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • May 26 Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)
  • May 26 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • May 27 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • May 27 Harold Rome, composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles)
  • May 27 Melle J Oldeboerrigter, [Melle], Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • May 28 Ian Lancaster Fleming, author (James Bond novels), born in London, England
  • May 30 Mel[vin J] Blanc, voice (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig)
  • May 31 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • May 31 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)
  • Jun 1 Percy Edwards, animal imitator
  • Jun 2 Gordon Weir, cricketer (NZ batsman in 11 Tests 1930-37)
  • Jun 3 Adele Dixon, actress (Calling the Tune)
  • Jun 4 Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal, Hitler's reputed lover and half (d. 1931)
  • Jun 4 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, born in Zevekote, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • Jun 4 Earl of Halsbury, chancellor (Brunei University)
  • Jun 4 Lambertus L van Rooijen, Dutch actor
  • Jun 4 Rosalind Russell, Waterbury CT, actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling)
  • Jun 5 Jack Jacob, senior master (British Supreme Court)
  • Jun 9 J F Williams-Wynne, Lord-Lieutenant (Gwynedd)
  • Jun 9 Robert Cummings, Joplin Mo, actor (Love that Bob, Dial M For Murder)
  • Jun 10 Brinsley Ford, CEO (National Art Collections Fund)
  • Jun 10 Ernst B Chain, German chemist/bacteriologist (penicillin, Nobel 1945)
  • Jun 12 Max Tailleur, adjudant to Prince Bernhard/Jewish humorist
  • Jun 12 Ronald Selby Wright, minister
  • Jun 12 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian TV pioneer and president of the CBC (d. 1988)
  • Jun 12 Marina Semenova, Russian ballerina
  • Jun 13 Maria E Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage)
  • Jun 14 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 15 Sam Giancana, American mafioso, born in Chicago, Illinois

Gangster Sam Giancana
Sam Giancana
  • Jun 17 Frank Sully, actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 17 Jacob "Jimmy" Herman Huizinga, journalist/Writer
  • Jun 17 John Verrall, composer
  • Jun 17 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), born in Guatemala City (d. 1997)
  • Jun 18 Bud Collyer, TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 18 Nedra Volz, American actress (d. 2003)
  • Jun 18 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • Jun 19 Mildred Natwick, Balt Md, actress (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
  • Jun 19 Quentin N Burdick, (Sen-D-ND, 1960-91)
  • Jun 20 Billy Werber, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 William Frankena, American philosopher (d. 1994)
  • Jun 22 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher
  • Jun 23 Paulus Akkerman, [Paul fen Nijenborn], Frisian writer (Each om Each)
  • Jun 24 Hugo Distler, composer
  • Jun 24 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d 1987)
  • Jun 24 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military officer (d. 1976)
  • Jun 25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher (d. 2000)
  • Jun 27 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (De Damrakkertjes)
  • Jun 27 William Eric David Davis, broadcaster
  • Jun 27 João Guimarães Rosa, Brazilian writer (d. 1967)
  • Jun 28 James L Reinsch, media-adviser (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy)
  • Jun 29 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe)
  • Jun 29 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)
  • Jun 29 Leroy Anderson, US composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • Jun 30 Charles Camproux, French linguistic/author (Bestiari)
  • Jun 30 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, composer
  • Jun 30 Monica Maurice, industrialist
  • Jun 30 Winston Graham, British writer (Poldark novels), born in Manchester (d. 2003)
  • Jul 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian writer (Best of Painted Furniture)
  • Jul 1 Peter Anders, German opera singer
  • Jul 1 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress (d. 1932)
  • Jul 2 Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • Jul 3 Thomas Narcejac, Rochefort-sur-Mer France, writer (Vertigo)
  • Jul 3 M. F. K. Fisher, American writer (d. 1992)
  • Jul 3 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (d. 1990)
  • Jul 4 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/chairman (Club of Rome)
  • Jul 6 Leonce Grass, Flemish singer/conductor
  • Jul 7 Evert W Beth, Dutch mathematician/philosopher
  • Jul 7 Harriette Arnow, Wayne Co, Ky, novelist (Dollmaker)
  • Jul 7 Revilo P. Oliver, American professor (d. 1994)

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Jul 8 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • Jul 8 Nelson A Rockefeller, (Gov-R-NY) 41st VP (1974-77)
  • Jul 9 Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher (d. 1973)
  • Jul 12 Alain Cuny, actor (Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle)
  • Jul 12 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician
  • Jul 12 Johan Franco, composer
  • Jul 12 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and novelist, born in Middlesbrough (d. 1994)
  • Jul 16 Aruna Asaf Ali, politician
  • Jul 16 Maurice Adams, surgeon/British rear admiral
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Petzold, composer
  • Jul 18 Mildred Lisette Norman, American peace activist, earned the moniker Peace Pilgrim (d. 1981)
  • Jul 20 Gunnar de Frumerie, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 20 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, born in Gweedore, Ireland (d. 1932)

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Jul 21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • Jul 22 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1978)
  • Jul 24 Cootie Williams, American trumpeter (d. 1985)
  • Jul 25 Joseph Mitchell, writer
  • Jul 25 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (d. 1987)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

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