Historical Events in 1908

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  • Jan 1st 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • Jan 1st Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • Jan 2nd Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • Jan 7th England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • Jan 9th Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium
  • Jan 9th Muir Woods National Monument, California, established
  • Jan 12th A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • Jan 13th French pilot Henry Farman is first European to fly 1km circuit
  • Jan 13th Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • Jan 13th Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
  • Jan 14th Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v Eng Adelaide (116)
  • Jan 15th C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust
  • Jan 15th Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority: first Greek-letter organization established by African American college women
  • Jan 16th Pinnacles National Monument, California established
  • Jan 18th Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres
  • Jan 21st August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten" premieres in Stockholm
  • Jan 21st NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
  • Jan 23rd US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
  • Jan 24th Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts
  • Jan 25th John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • Jan 27th Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
  • Jan 29th Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates
  • Feb 1st King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
  • Feb 3rd Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Feb 3rd Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece.

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

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

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Jun 9th 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 10th 1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of NY, opens
  • Jun 10th The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65
  • Jun 12th Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC)
  • Jun 13th Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 14th Fourth German Navy Bill is passed authorising the financing the building of another four major warships.
  • Jun 15th World congress for Women's rights opens in Amsterdam

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

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jun 18th Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship
  • Jun 19th 48th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 291 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Jun 23rd 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 23rd Shah Mohammed Ali leads a successful counter-revolution in Persia, aided by the Russian legation and a Cossack brigade
  • Jun 27th 22nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maud Barger-Wallach beats Evelyn Sears (6-3, 1-6, 6-3)

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jun 30th 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 3rd 25th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Morton (6-4 6-4)

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

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 7th 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 8th Uprisings spread throughout Turkey
  • Jul 9th CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
  • Jul 10th H Kamerlingh Onnes makes helium liquid (-269°C)
  • Jul 19th Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 24th John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • Jul 24th 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 25th 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 26th 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 29th St Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics
  • Jul 30th Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
  • Aug 3rd 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 6th St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
  • Aug 7th The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington
  • Aug 9th 6th Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
  • Aug 11th 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 12th Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car

  • Aug 13th Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • Aug 13th 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 14th Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • Aug 14th The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • Aug 16th 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 17th B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 17th Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery, San Francisco
  • Aug 17th Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl
  • Aug 20th Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
  • Aug 20th 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 24th Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 24th NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 25th Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race
  • Aug 25th National Association of Colored Nurses forms
  • Aug 27th Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 28th 14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
  • Aug 29th NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London
  • Aug 29th 28th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Beals Wright (6-1, 6-2, 8-6)
  • Sep 2nd Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 3rd James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • Sep 4th Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • Sep 5th Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0

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

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

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Sep 27th 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 29th Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

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

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

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

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

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Oct 3rd 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 5th Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar
  • Oct 5th White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
  • Oct 6th Austria annexes Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Oct 6th Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 6th Yanks lose 100th game of year go 51-103 for season
  • Oct 7th Crete revolts against Turkey & aligns with Greece
  • Oct 7th Serbia & Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
  • Oct 8th NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • Oct 14th Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • Oct 14th Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
  • Oct 14th Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers
  • Oct 14th 4th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 57-0 in College Park
  • Oct 16th Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • Oct 18th Belgium annexes Congo Free State
  • Oct 20th King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
  • Oct 24th Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game"

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Oct 28th 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
  • Oct 31st 4th Olympic games ends in London

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3rd William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Nov 4th Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC
  • Nov 6th Leonid Andreyev's "Dui Nashey Zhizni" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Nov 7th Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
  • Nov 10th 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room