Historical Events for Year 1904

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Jan 1st - Neth Indies colony begins opium production
Jan 4th - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
Jan 4th - 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 5th - -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
Jan 5th - -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
Jan 5th - England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68
Jan 7th - Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal
Jan 8th - Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
Jan 11th - Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
Jan 12th - Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
Jan 17th - Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
Jan 21st - Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa" premieres in Brno
German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm IIGerman Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II Jan 23rd - 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.
Jan 25th - 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
Jan 25th - J M Synge's "Ruders to the Sea" premieres in Dublin
Jan 28th - 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 29th - 1st athletic letters given (Univ of Chicago football team)
Jan 31st - Bela Bartok's symphony "Kossuth" premieres
Feb 4th - John Millington Synge's "Well of Saints" premieres in Dublin
Feb 5th - American occupation of Cuba ends
Feb 6th - Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow
Feb 7th - Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
Feb 9th - Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria
Feb 10th - Japan and Russia declare war
Composer Giacomo PucciniComposer Giacomo Puccini Feb 17th - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan
Feb 21st - National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming Mich
Feb 22nd - The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina; the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.
Feb 22nd - The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
Feb 23rd - US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
Feb 23rd - Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers
Feb 25th - J M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish Natl Theater Society
Feb 25th - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
Feb 28th - Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt Feb 29th - Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
Mar 1st - England regains cricket Ashes taking a 3-1 series lead v Australia
Mar 2nd - "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
Mar 2nd - Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio" premieres in Milan
Mar 3rd - Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder.
Mar 5th - Nikola Tesla, in Electrical World and Engineer, describes the process of the ball lightning formation.
Mar 6th - The Japanese fleet bombards Vladivostok, the major Russian port on the Pacific
Mar 8th - Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match
Mar 9th - Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola TeslaElectrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla Mar 11th - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
Mar 12th - 1st main line electric train in UK (Liverpool to Southport)
Mar 12th - Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
Mar 13th - Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilean border dedicated
Mar 14th - In a landmark case, Northern Securities Company v United States, the Supreme Court finds that the company has violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act; this is the first case that T. Roosevelt has undertaken in his 'trust-busting' campaign
Mar 18th - First performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
Mar 25th - 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch aboard Moifaa wins
Mar 28th - Japanese troops advance in Korea, defeat the Russians at Chengiu, and capture the town
Apr 5th - The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew CarnegieIndustrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie Apr 8th - Great Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific
Apr 8th - British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law.
Apr 13th - Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Hereros chase away German army
Apr 13th - US Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin
Apr 13th - A squadron of the Russian fleet is decoyed out of Port Arthur by Japanese maneuvers, when they realize they are sailing into a trap; their battleship Petropavlovsk hits a mine and sinks, with a loss of 700 men
Apr 14th - George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premiered in London
Apr 18th - L'Humanité, under Jean Jaurès begins publishing
Apr 19th - 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of NY in 2:38:04.4
Apr 19th - Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw Apr 20th - George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres in London
Apr 20th - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
Apr 21st - Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
Apr 23rd - American Academy of Arts & Letters forms
Apr 24th - President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church
Apr 25th - NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
Apr 26th - Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
Apr 26th - John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns; Watson himself will resign in August
Apr 26th - General Kuroko leads the Japanese Army against the large Russian force at the Yalu river during the Russo-Japanese War
Apr 27th - The Australian Labor Party under Chris Watson becomes the first Labour government in the world
MLB Legend Ty CobbMLB Legend Ty Cobb Apr 30th - Ice cream cone makes its debut
May 2nd - 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
May 4th - Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
May 4th - Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
May 5th - Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Phila A's (3-0)
May 6th - American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
May 7th - Flexible Flyer trademark registered
May 9th - The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
May 11th - Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
May 17th - Maurice Ravel's "Shéhérazade" premieres in Paris
May 18th - In Morocco, a brigand, Raizuli, kidnaps Ion H. Perdicaris, an American citizen
MLB Pitcher Cy YoungMLB Pitcher Cy Young May 21st - Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
May 21st - France recalls its ambassador to the Vatican to protest the Pope's attempt to discipline two French bishops; this is yet another incident driving France and the Catholic Church apart
May 25th - 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
May 26th - In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
May 27th - NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
May 28th - 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
May 30th - Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader
May 30th - The Japanese Army capture the City of Dairen after landing troops along the south coast of Manchuria
Jun 2nd - Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis
Jun 6th - National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, NJ
Jun 10th - 44th British Golf Open: Jack White shoots a 296 at Royal St George's Golf Club
Jun 11th - Cubs' Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
Jun 11th - German Lt-Gen Lothar von Trotha lands in Swapokmund, SW-Africa
Jun 14th - Dutch troops occupy Kuto Reh, Sumatra, killing all inhabitants
Jun 14th - At the battle of Telissu, the Japanese rout the Russians and inflict heavy casualties
Jun 15th - Side-wheeler passenger paddlesteamer "General Slocum" burns in NY's East River (1,031 die)
Novelist & Poet James JoyceNovelist & Poet James Joyce Jun 16th - Bloomsday (date of events in James Joyce's Ulysses)
Jun 16th - Eugen Schauman assassinates Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
Jun 21st - Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
Jun 21st - The US Republican Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for President, but not without opposition from those whom he calls 'malefactors of great wealth'
Jun 22nd - Chinese laborers arrive in South Africa following a severe labor shortage
Jun 25th - 18th U.S. Women's National Championship: May Sutton beats Elisabeth Moore (6-1, 6-2)
Jun 28th - International Anti-Military Cooperation (IAMV) forms in Amsterdam
Jun 28th - The SS Norge Runs aground and sinks
Jun 29th - 2 prehistoric bones found in Weerdingerveen, Drenthe
Tennis Champion Charlotte CooperTennis Champion Charlotte Cooper Jun 29th - 21st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats Charlotte Cooper (6-0 6-3)
Jun 29th - 28th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley (6-1 7-5 8-6)
Jul 1st - 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
Jul 5th - Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 inn
Jul 5th - 4th Davis Cup: British Isles beats Belgium in Wimbledon (5-0)
Jul 6th - Two Russian cruisers move into the Red Sea and begin to stop ships of Britain, Germany, and other nations they believe friendly to Japan
Jul 6th - The US Democratic Party nominates little known New York judge Alton B Parker for presidential nominee - virtually assuring the election of Theodore Roosevelt
Jul 9th - 10th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 303 at Glen View Club IL
Jul 15th - 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles
Jul 16th - Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to US by their chiefs
Jul 19th - Dutch Premier Kuypers disbands 1st Chamber
Jul 21st - After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
Jul 21st - Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH
Jul 23rd - Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair - the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches
Jul 24th - 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France
Jul 28th - Rafael Reyes becomes dictator of Colombia after losing Panama
Jul 28th - Interior Minister of Russia, Vyacheslav Plehve is assassinated; as leader of the most reactionary elements of government, he was hated for his repressive policies
Aug 3rd - British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
Aug 7th - Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colo during a flash flood, kills 96
Aug 9th - Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers
Pope John XXIIIPope John XXIII Aug 10th - Angelo G Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest
Aug 10th - Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
Aug 10th - Battle of the Yellow Sea: Japanese fleet prevented Russians breaking out of Port Arthur
Aug 10th - Higlanders Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
Aug 11th - German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
Aug 11th - The Russian fleet in the harbor of at Port Arthur are exposed to Russian guns on the hill above the harbor; Russian trips attempt escape, but most are forced back into harbor by Japanese ships
Aug 16th - NYC begins building Grand Central Station
Aug 17th - Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
Aug 17th - George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia
Aug 18th - Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid.
Aug 23rd - Automobile tire chain patented
Aug 24th - Battle of Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian, Japanese tactical victory
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. JeffriesBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries Aug 25th - James J Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
Aug 29th - 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
Aug 30th - Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
Aug 31st - 24th U.S. Men's National Championship: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (10-8, 6-4, 9-7)
Sep 3rd - St Louis Olympics closes
Sep 4th - Dalai Lama signs treaty allowing British commerce in Tibet
Sep 6th - Soccer team Rheden forms
Sep 7th - British forces in Tibet force the Dalai Lhama to sign a treaty that grants Britain trading posts in Tibet and guarantee that Tibet will not concede territory to foreign powers
Sep 9th - Mounted police 1st used in NYC
Sep 9th - Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
Aviator Wilbur WrightAviator Wilbur Wright Sep 15th - Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight
Sep 19th - Gen Nogi's assault on Port Arthur: 16,000 Japanese casualties

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