What Happened in July 1908

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 25th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Morton (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 3 32nd Wimbledon Mens' Tennis: Arthur Gore beats H Roper-Barrett (6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4)
  • Jul 3 Indian nationalist Bal Gangadhar Tilak arrested for sedition by the British in wake of Muzzafarpur bombing
  • Jul 4 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
  • Jul 5 Niazi Bey, a chief organizer of the revolutionary movement in Turkey, raises the standard of revolt at Resna, Macedonia
  • Jul 6 Robert Peary's expedition sails from NYC for north pole

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 7 The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Jul 8 Uprisings spread throughout Turkey
  • Jul 9 CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
  • Jul 10 H Kamerlingh Onnes makes helium liquid (-269°C)
  • Jul 19 Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 24 John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • Jul 24 After days of discussion with his ministers, Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey announces he is restoring the liberal constitution of 1876 and will become more responsive to demands of dissidents
  • Jul 25 Ajinomoto Co. is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), patents a process for manufacturing it.
  • 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)
  • Jul 29 St Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics
  • Jul 30 Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian writer (Best of Painted Furniture)
  • Jul 1 Peter Anders, German opera singer
  • Jul 2 Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

Jul 2 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • Jul 3 Thomas Narcejac, Rochefort-sur-Mer France, writer (Vertigo)
  • Jul 3 M. F. K. Fisher, American writer (d. 1992)
  • Jul 3 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (d. 1990)
  • Jul 4 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/chairman (Club of Rome)
  • Jul 6 Leonce Grass, Flemish singer/conductor
  • Jul 7 Evert W Beth, Dutch mathematician/philosopher
  • Jul 7 Harriette Arnow, Wayne Co, Ky, novelist (Dollmaker)
  • Jul 7 Revilo P. Oliver, American professor (d. 1994)

Person of interestLouis Jordan

Jul 8 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

Jul 8 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1979)

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • Jul 9 Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher (d. 1973)
  • Jul 12 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), born in Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1994)
  • Jul 12 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician
  • Jul 12 Johan Franco, composer
  • Jul 12 Milton Berle, Harlem comedian (Uncle Miltie, Mr Television), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Chaim Raphael, English Jewish scholar and novelist, born in Middlesbrough (d. 1994)
  • Jul 16 Aruna Asaf Ali, politician
  • Jul 16 Maurice Adams, surgeon/British rear admiral
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Petzold, composer
  • Jul 18 Mildred Lisette Norman, American peace activist, earned the moniker Peace Pilgrim (d. 1981)
  • Jul 20 Gunnar de Frumerie, composer

Person of interestMad Dog Coll

Jul 20 [Vincent] Mad Dog Coll, Irish-American mob hitman, born in Gweedore, Ireland (d. 1932)

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Jul 21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • Jul 22 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1978)
  • Jul 24 Cootie Williams, American trumpeter (d. 1985)
  • Jul 25 Jack Gilford, American actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jul 25 Joseph Mitchell, writer
  • Jul 25 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (d. 1987)
  • Jul 25 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian musician (d. 2003)

Person of interestSalvador Allende

Jul 26 Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 1973)

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Jul 27 Lord Jenkins of Putney, British MP of Arts (Labour)
  • Jul 28 Zbigniew Turski, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Joel Chandler Harris, American writer, created Uncle Remus, dies at 59
  • Jul 5 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), dies at 74
  • Jul 10 Eliza Laurillard, Dutch vicar, poet and writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 10 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jul 14 William Mason, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • Jul 20 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • Jul 22 William Randal Cremer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1828)
  • Jul 24 Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet, dies at 41 (b. the same day 1867)