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What Happened in 1908

Important Events in 1908

  • 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, Italy, killing nearly 80,000

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1908 in Film & TV

  • May 21 1st horror movie (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 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

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

On July 1, 1908

Famous People in 1908

World Leaders in 1908

Would you believe this fact about today?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

Famous Weddings in 1908

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