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1908The Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.

1908Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

1908Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1908William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th pres over William Jennings Bryan

1908Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1908Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

1908Kind Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

1908Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1908Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile was leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

1908Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light

1908Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1908George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

1908Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

1908Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0

1908Jack Chesbro's final Higlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

1908Maurice Maeterlinck's "L'oiseau Blue" premieres in Moscow

1908Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va

1908Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

1908Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

1908The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee

1908 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square 
Jan 1
Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the MCG (83 & 28) 
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
French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip 
Jan 13
Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games 
Jan 13
Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, PA killing 171 people. 
Jan 14
Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v Eng Adelaide (116) 
Jan 15
C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust 
Jan 16
Pinnacles National Monument, California established 
Jan 18
Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair," premieres 
Jan 21
August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten," premieres in Stockholm 
Jan 21
NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public 
Jan 23
US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo 
Jan 24
Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts 
Jan 25
John Blockx' 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 
Feb 1
King Carlos I of Portugal and his hier, Prince Luis Filipe are assassinated by Republican sympathisers in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon. 
Feb 3
Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act 
Feb 3
Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece. 
Feb 7
Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000 
Feb 8
Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert Neth 
Feb 10
Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 11
Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England 
Feb 11
Heemskerk's government begins in Holland 
Feb 12
Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female 
Feb 12
NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel 
Feb 18
1st US postage stamps in rolls issued 
Feb 18
The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the 'Gentlemen's Agreement' 
Feb 24
In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract' 
Feb 25
1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens 
Feb 27
Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954) 
Feb 27
Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma 
Feb 28
Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran 
Feb 29
Dutch scientists produce solid helium 
Mar 4
Collingwood Ohio, US primary school catches fire (180 killed) 
Mar 5
1st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica 
Mar 7
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles" 
Mar 8
Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, NY 
Mar 9
Inter Milan is founded. 
Mar 12
Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games 
Mar 12
The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia. 
Mar 14
Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4 
Mar 15
1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole" 
Mar 17
Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds) 
Mar 17
Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 23
American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in a hospital two days later. 
Mar 25
Clube Atletico Mineiro, Founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 
Apr 2
Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday 
Apr 3
Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs 
Apr 5
British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns 
Apr 8
Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier 
Apr 12
Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts 
Apr 13
Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies) 
Apr 16
Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell, Utah) 
Apr 18
Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title 
Apr 20
12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2 
Apr 20
Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League. 
Apr 21
Frederick A Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn't) 
Apr 22
Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba 
Apr 23
Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord 
Apr 24
Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m 
Apr 27
4th modern Olympic games opens in London 
May 1
World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama 
May 2
1908 "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright. 
May 5
34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2 
May 5
Great White Fleet arrives in SF 
May 7
Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire 
May 9
Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname 
May 10
1st Mother's Day observed (Phila) 
May 12
George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London 
May 12
Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield 
May 14
1st passenger flight in an airplane 
May 21
1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago 
May 21
Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th 
May 23
Dirigible explodes over SF Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die 
May 23
Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington 
May 24
Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election 
May 24
John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London 
May 26
At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom. 
May 27
Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din iss elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. 
May 30
1st federal workmen's compensation law approved 
May 30
42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win 
May 30
Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System 
May 30
Paris advocate E Archdeacon is 1st passenger in a airplane 
May 30
US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized 
May 31
Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium) 
Jun 1
John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of US, which took 357 days 
Jun 2
33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan riding Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4 
Jun 9
Kind Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia 
Jun 10
1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of NY, opens 
Jun 10
The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65 
Jun 12
Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC) 
Jun 13
Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 14
Fourth German Navy Bill is passed authorising the financing the building of another four major warships. 
Jun 15
World congress for Women's rights opens in Amsterdam 
Jun 16
The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Roosevelt picks William H. Taft as his successor 
Jun 18
Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship 
Jun 23
The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro's government to compensate Americans for injuries suffered in the uprising of 1899 
Jun 23
Shah Mohammed Ali leads a successful counter-revolution in Persia, aided by the Russian legation and a Cossack brigade 
Jun 30
Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0 
Jun 30
Tunguska Event: a giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia 
Jul 3
25th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Sterry beats A Morton (6-4 6-4) 
Jul 3
32nd Wimbledon Mens' Tennis: Arthur Gore beats H Roper-Barrett (6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4) 
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 
Jul 7
Great White Fleet leaves SF Bay 
Jul 7
The Democratic Party meets in Denver at the start of their convention; William Jennings Bryan is nominated as presidential nominee 
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 is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and 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 Phila Athletics 
Jul 30
Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris 
Aug 3
French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France. Known as the 'Old man of La Chappelle' his skeleton shows that Neanderthals led physically stressful lives with high risk of injury. 
Aug 6
St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn 
Aug 7
The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington 
Aug 11
King Edward VII of Britain meets with Kaiser Wilhelm of Friedrichshof, Germany; the main point of contention is the increasing size of Germany's navy 
Aug 12
Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car 
Aug 13
Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team 
Aug 13
Kind Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies 
Aug 14
Race riot in Springfield Illinois 
Aug 14
The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England. 
Aug 16
The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion 
Aug 17
B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home" premieres in NYC 
Aug 17
Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery 
Aug 17
Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl. 
Aug 20
Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo 
Aug 20
America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia 
Aug 24
Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title 
Aug 24
NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden 
Aug 25
Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race 
Aug 25
National Association of Colored Nurses forms 
Aug 27
Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers 
Aug 28
14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass 
Aug 29
NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London 
Sep 2
Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 3
James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London 
Sep 4
Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship 
Sep 5
Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0 
Sep 9
Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va 
Sep 9
Russia takes part of Poland 
Sep 12
Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants 
Sep 16
Carriage-maker, William Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan 
Sep 17
Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight 
Sep 18
Cleve Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1 
Sep 19
Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague 
Sep 20
Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Phila 1-0 
Sep 22
Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire (Turkey) 
Sep 23
Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant) 
Sep 23
University of Alberta opens 
Sep 24
Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1 
Sep 25
Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout 
Sep 26
Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Dodgers in a doubleheader 
Sep 27
Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile was leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 
Sep 29
Calgary Rugby Football Union forms 
Sep 30
Maurice Maeterlinck's "L'oiseau Blue" premieres in Moscow 
Oct 1
1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague) 
Oct 1
Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825) 
Oct 1
Jack Chesbro's final Higlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1 
Oct 2
Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row 
Oct 3
The Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna. 
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 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" 
Oct 28
The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries 
Oct 31
4th Olympic games ends in London 
Nov 3
William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th pres over William Jennings Bryan 
Nov 4
Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC 
Nov 6
Leonid Andreyev's "Dui Nashey Zhizni" premieres in St Petersburg 
Nov 7
Dutch capture Venezuelan navy 
Nov 10
1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room 
Nov 12
Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia 
Nov 14
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light 
Nov 14
Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat" premieres in Vienna 
Nov 14
Liberal candidate Jose Miguel Gomez wins national elections for president in Cuba 
Nov 16
Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera 
Nov 22
1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0 
Nov 25
Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds 
Nov 28
154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna Pa 
Nov 30
8th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2) 
Nov 30
The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific 
Dec 2
Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two 
Dec 3
Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A premieres 
Dec 4
Haiti's president General Alexis Nord flees from military coup 
Dec 4
The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband 
Dec 5
1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh) 
Dec 9
The German Reichstag adopts a progressive social law restricting hours of factory work by young people and women 
Dec 11
Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres 
Dec 16
1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH) 
Dec 17
In Turkey, the new parliament convenes, with reformist Young Turks as the majority 
Dec 26
Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion 
Dec 28
Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died) 
Dec 29
Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc 
Dec 30
Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set 
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