Historical Events in August 1908

  • Aug 3 French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man \'Old man of La Chappelle\' at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 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)