What Happened in January 1908

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • Jan 1 Sir Jack Hobbs, the leading run scorer and century maker in first-class cricket history, makes his international debut in England's 2nd Test win over Australia at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • Jan 2 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • Jan 7 England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • Jan 9 Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium
  • Jan 9 Muir Woods National Monument, California, established
  • Jan 12 A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • Jan 13 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers rout Ottawa Victorias, 13-1 for 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • Jan 13 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.

World RecordHenri Farman Wins the Grand Prix d'Aviation

Jan 13 Henri Farman becomes the first person to fly an observed circuit of more than 1km, winning the Grand Prix d'Aviation
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Henri Farman crosses the line to win the Grand Prix d'Aviation for the first observed circular flight of 1km
Henri Farman crosses the line to win the Grand Prix d'Aviation for the first observed circular flight of 1km
  • Jan 14 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v England in Adelaide (116)
  • Jan 15 C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Australia
  • Jan 15 Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority: first Greek-letter organization established by African American college for women
  • Jan 16 Pinnacles National Monument, California established
  • Jan 18 Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres in London
  • Jan 21 August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten" premieres in Stockholm
  • Jan 21 "Sullivan Ordinance" is passed in NYC, making it illegal for a woman to smoke in public places. It was vetoed 2 weeks later by mayor George B. McClellan Jr.
  • Jan 22 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.”
  • Jan 23 US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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.

Founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell
Founder of Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell
  • Jan 25 John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • Jan 27 Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
  • Jan 29 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1928)
  • Jan 2 Ben Grauer, American newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 2 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • Jan 5 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963)
  • Jan 6 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • Jan 7 Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)
  • Jan 8 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • Jan 8 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

Jan 9 Simone de Beauvoir, French author & feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex), born in Paris, France (d. 1986)

  • Jan 10 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)

Person of interestPaul Henreid

Jan 10 Paul Henreid, Austrian-American actor (Casablanca, Now, Voyager), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)

  • Jan 11 Lionel Stander, American blacklisted actor (Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jan 12 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • Jan 12 Clement Hurd, American illustrator, born in New York City, New York (d. 1988)
  • Jan 14 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1934)

Person of interestEdward Teller

Jan 15 Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2003)

Physicist Edward Teller
Physicist
Edward Teller
  • Jan 15 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 16 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • Jan 17 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • Jan 17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59)
  • Jan 18 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1972)
  • Jan 18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • Jan 18 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), born in London (d. 1991)
  • Jan 19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • Jan 20 Ian Peebles, English cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31), born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1980)
  • Jan 20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, American music educator, born in Shawville, Canada (d. 1997)
  • Jan 25 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar), born in Coventry, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • Jan 25 Hopper Levett, English cricketer (England in 1 Test in Calcutta), born in Goudhurst, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • Jan 25 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • Jan 26 Jill Esmond, English actress, born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • Jan 27 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • Jan 27 Oran Page, American musician (d. 1954)
  • Jan 28 Paul Misraki, French composer and songwriter (d. 1998)
  • Jan 29 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
  • Jan 30 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), born in Norwich, England (d. 1979)
  • Jan 31 René Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
  • Jan 31 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentine (d. 1992)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born Jewish poet and playwright (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, German poet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • Jan 14 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • Jan 17 Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ, ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • Jan 25 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • Jan 25 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • Jan 28 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47