January 1904 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Neth Indies colony begins opium production
  • Jan 4 In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted
  • Jan 5 -34°F (-36.7°C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
  • Jan 5 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • Jan 5 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68

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Jan 7 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st international radio distress signal

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • Jan 8 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
  • Jan 12 Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, rebel against German colonial rule
  • Jan 12 Southwest Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison

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Jan 23 Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jan 25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 John Millington Synge's play "Riders to the Sea" premieres in Dublin
  • Jan 29 1st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (d. 1982)
  • Jan 5 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy" (d. 1997)
  • Jan 8 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)
  • Jan 11 Frederick Boland, Irish diplomat/president (UN General Assembly)
  • Jan 14 Cecil Beaton, England, royal family photographer
  • Jan 14 Emily Hahn, American writer (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Henri-Georges Adam, French etcher/painter/sculptor (Grand Nude)
  • Jan 18 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 19 James Winston Watts, developer (Frontal Lobotomy)
  • Jan 20 Alexandra Danilova, Peterhof Russia, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • Jan 20 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/grandson of Bakunin
  • Jan 20 Theodore Brameld, author/educator (Use of Explosive Ideas)
  • Jan 21 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)
  • Jan 22 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)
  • Jan 25 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Het Parool)

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Jan 26 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1988)

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 26 Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
  • Jan 28 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • Jan 31 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (28) weds Emma Weyer at St. Stephan Catholic Church in Lindenthal, Germany

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer

Deaths in History


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Jan 2 James Longstreet, Confederate general, dies at 82

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • Jan 5 Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel, German geologist and paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
  • Jan 10 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (b. 1824)
  • Jan 26 John P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 26 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (b. 1846)