Historical Events in 1908

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  • 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
  • Feb 1 King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
  • Feb 3 Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Feb 3 Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece.

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Feb 7 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 8 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 11 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • Feb 11 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
  • Feb 12 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
  • Feb 12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • Feb 18 1st US postage stamps in rolls issued
  • Feb 18 The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement'
  • Feb 24 In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract'
  • Feb 25 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
  • Feb 27 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
  • Feb 27 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
  • Feb 28 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Tehran
  • Feb 29 Dutch scientists produce solid helium
  • Mar 4 Primary school catches fire in Collingwood, Ohio (180 killed)
  • Mar 5 1st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica
  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
  • Mar 8 Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, NY
  • Mar 9 Inter Milan is founded.
  • Mar 12 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
  • Mar 12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia.
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
  • Mar 17 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
  • Mar 17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 23 American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in a hospital two days later.
  • Mar 25 Clube Atletico Mineiro, Founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Mar 27 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins
  • Apr 2 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
  • Apr 3 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • Apr 5 British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
  • Apr 8 Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
  • Apr 12 Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
  • Apr 13 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)
  • Apr 16 Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell, Utah)
  • Apr 18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 20 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
  • Apr 20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • Apr 21 Frederick A Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn't)
  • Apr 22 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
  • Apr 23 Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord
  • Apr 24 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m
  • Apr 27 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
  • May 1 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • May 2 1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright.
  • May 5 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
  • May 5 Great White Fleet arrives in SF
  • May 7 Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire
  • May 9 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • May 10 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)

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May 12 George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

  • May 12 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
  • May 14 1st passenger flight in an airplane
  • May 21 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
  • May 21 Bill Burns pitching for Washington Senators has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • May 23 Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none killed
  • May 23 Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington
  • May 24 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
  • May 24 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
  • May 26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom
  • May 27 Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
  • May 30 1st federal workmen's compensation law approved
  • May 30 42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win
  • May 30 Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System
  • May 30 Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane
  • May 30 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
  • May 31 Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)
  • Jun 1 John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of US, which took 357 days
  • Jun 2 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan riding Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4

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Jun 9 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

  • Jun 10 1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of NY, opens
  • Jun 10 The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65
  • Jun 12 Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)
  • Jun 13 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 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

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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)

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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"

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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