What Happened in 1904

Significant Events

  • Feb 9 Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria
  • Feb 23 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • Feb 29 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
  • Apr 27 The Australian Labor Party under Prime Minister Chris Watson becomes the first Labor government in the world
  • May 4 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
  • Jun 16 Bloomsday (date of events in James Joyce's Ulysses)
  • Jul 21 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
  • Oct 28 St Louis police try a new investigation method - fingerprints
  • Nov 15 King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade
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1904 in Sport

  • Apr 21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
  • May 5 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball for Boston Americans against Philadelphia Athletics's (3-0)
  • May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris

Did You Know?

First New Year's Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square), in New York City

On December 31, 1904


World Leaders in 1904

Famous People in 1904

Would You Believe?

First section of New York subway - Lower Manhattan to Broadway Harlem, opened by Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), fare one nickel

On October 27, 1904

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