Historical Events in 1908 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 224 of 224

  • Nov 12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Nov 14 Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna
  • Nov 14 Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba
  • Nov 16 Arturo Toscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera
  • Nov 22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • Nov 25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • Nov 28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa
  • Nov 30 8th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Nov 30 The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific
  • 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