On This Day

Historical Events in August 1904

  • Aug 3 British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
  • Aug 7 Train derails on bridge in Eden, Colorado, during a flash flood, kills 96
  • Aug 9 Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (future Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest

  • Aug 10 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
  • Aug 10 Battle of the Yellow Sea: Japanese fleet prevented Russians breaking out of Port Arthur
  • Aug 10 Higlanders Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
  • Aug 11 German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
  • Aug 11 The Russian fleet in the harbor of at Port Arthur is exposed to Russian guns on the hill above the harbor; Russian ships attempt escape, but most are forced back into harbor by Japanese ships
  • Aug 16 NYC begins building Grand Central Station
  • Aug 17 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
  • Aug 17 George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia

AustraliaFirst Labour Government

Aug 18 Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid

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Australia's first Labor ministry, the first in the world
Australia's first Labor ministry, the first in the world
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  • Aug 23 Automobile tire chain patented
  • Aug 24 Battle of Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian, Japanese tactical victory

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 2nd round TKO win over Jack Munroe in San Francisco; Jeffries retires after his 7th heavyweight boxing title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 30 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
  • Aug 31 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier 10-8, 6-4, 9-7 for his lone major singles title