What Happened in January 1908

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • Jan 1 Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut 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 French pilot Henry Farman is first European to fly 1km circuit
  • Jan 13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • Jan 13 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.
  • 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 New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
  • 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 and 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 Ben Seijes, Dutch historian (WWII)
  • Jan 12 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus)
  • Jan 12 Clement Hurd, American illustrator (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, composer
  • 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 19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • Jan 20 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • Jan 20 Wilfred Conwell Bain, composer
  • Jan 23 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist
  • Jan 23 Pak Saleman Siswowitono, Javan/Surinamese writer
  • Jan 25 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar)
  • Jan 25 W H V "Hopper" Levett, cricket keeper (England in 1 Test in Calcutta)
  • 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, US Yiddish stage performer (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, writer, dies
  • 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)