What Happened in October 1908

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)

InventionModel T

Oct 1 Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

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Oct 1 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Oct 2 Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row

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Oct 3 Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Oct 5 Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar
  • Oct 5 White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
  • Oct 6 Austria annexes Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Oct 6 Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 6 Yanks lose 100th game of year go 51-103 for season
  • Oct 7 Crete revolts against Turkey & aligns with Greece
  • Oct 7 Serbia & Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
  • Oct 8 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • Oct 14 Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • Oct 14 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
  • Oct 14 Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers
  • Oct 14 4th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 57-0 in College Park
  • Oct 16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • Oct 18 Belgium annexes Congo Free State
  • Oct 20 King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
  • Oct 24 Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game"

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Oct 28 The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Emperor Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Oct 31 4th Olympic games ends in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Herman David Koppel, composer
  • Oct 5 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific)
  • Oct 6 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • Oct 6 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (d. 1989)
  • Oct 7 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Oct 8 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
  • Oct 9 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), born in Coffee County, Alabama (d. 1987)
  • Oct 9 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England (d. 1961)
  • Oct 9 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (d. 1975)
  • Oct 10 David Alexander Reginald Herbert, writer
  • Oct 10 John Waldo Green, American composer (Body & Soul, Guy Lombardo's arranger), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 10 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (d. 1983)
  • Oct 11 Armen Carapetyan, composer
  • Oct 12 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist and author (Street), born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • Oct 12 Paul Engle, American poet and writer (Worm Earth, American Song), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1991)
  • Oct 13 John Grant, British rear-admiral
  • Oct 13 Werner Reinowski, writer
  • Oct 14 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress, born in Granger, Utah (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohn Kenneth Galbraith

Oct 15 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), born in Iona Station, Ontario (d. 2006)

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Oct 16 Enver Hoxha, post-war leader of Albania (1944-85)
  • Oct 17 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)
  • Oct 19 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer
  • Oct 19 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician/composer (Elegy)
  • Oct 21 Alexander Schneider, Vilna Lith, violinist (Budapest String Quartet)
  • Oct 21 Howard Ferguson, composer
  • Oct 22 Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist
  • Oct 22 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (d. 1963)
  • Oct 22 John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
  • Oct 23 Sally O'Neil, American actress (Beggar's Holiday, Moth), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • Oct 23 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990
  • Oct 24 John Alwyne Kitching, zoologist
  • Oct 24 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 25 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), born in Belgium (d. 2004)
  • Oct 27 Lee Krasner, American abstract expressionist painter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • Oct 29 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Franco Margola, composer
  • Oct 30 Stuart Hamblen, Texas, singer/composer (This Old House)