Historical Events in December 1908

  • 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