On This Day

What Happened in 1908

Historical Events

  • Jan 24 Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell publishes "Scouting for Boys" as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the inspiration for the Scout Movement.
  • Feb 1 King Carlos I of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathizers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon
  • May 26 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
  • Jun 30 A giant fireball, most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet flattens 80 million trees near the Stony Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russia, in the largest impact event in recorded history
  • Jul 26 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)
  • Aug 12 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car
  • Sep 27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 1 Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)
  • Nov 14 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light
  • Dec 28 Earthquake strikes Messina in Italy, killing nearly 80,000
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1908 in Film & TV

  • May 21 1st American horror movie silent film "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" premieres in Chicago

1908 in Music

  • Dec 3 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England

1908 in Sport

  • Mar 9 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale
  • Mar 17 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Irish challenger Jem Roche in 1:28s of the 1st round at the Theatre Royal, Dublin; then quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight

Did You Know?

"SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help

On July 1, 1908

Famous People in 1908

Would You Believe?

Katie Mulcahey is arrested for lighting a cigarette, violating the 1-day old "Sullivan Ordinance" banning women from smoking in public, and is fined $5. Appearing before the judge she stated “I’ve got as much right to smoke as you have. I never heard of this new law, and I don’t want to hear about it. No man shall dictate to me.”

On January 22, 1908

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