On This Day

January 1908 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • 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 Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people.

PlaneHenri Farman Wins the Grand Prix d'Aviation

Jan 13 Henri Farman becomes the first person to fly an observed circuit of more than 1km, winning the Grand Prix d'Aviation

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Henri Farman crosses the line to win the Grand Prix d'Aviation for the first observed circular flight of 1km
Henri Farman crosses the line to win the Grand Prix d'Aviation for the first observed circular flight of 1km
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  • 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 "Sullivan Ordinance" is passed in NYC, making it illegal for a woman to smoke in public places. It was vetoed 2 weeks later by mayor George B. McClellan Jr.
  • Jan 22 Katie Mulcahey is arrested for lighting a cigarette, violating the 1-day old "Sullivan Ordinance" banning women from smoking in public, and is fined $5. Appearing before the judge she stated “I’ve got as much right to smoke as you have. I never heard of this new law, and I don’t want to hear about it. No man shall dictate to me.”
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

Jan 9 Simone de Beauvoir, French author & feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex), born in Paris, France (d. 1986)

  • Jan 12 Clement Hurd, American illustrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)

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 16 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • Jan 17 Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad, producer
  • Jan 18 Albert P. Morano, American politician (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • Jan 18 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, mother of the current King of Sweden, born in Schloss Friedenstein Gotha, Gotha, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Jan 19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • Jan 25 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar), born in Coventry, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • Jan 27 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • Jan 29 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born Jewish poet and playwright (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • Jan 9 Wilhelm Busch, German poet, dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Holger Drachmann, writer, dies
  • Jan 17 Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Ouida, English writer (b. 1839)
  • Jan 28 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 47