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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1904 AD


January 1: Netherlands Indies colony begins opium production
January 4: Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
January 4: Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US
January 5: -34 degrees F (-36.7 degrees C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
January 5: -42 degrees F (-41.1 degrees C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
January 5: England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 and 8-68
January 7: Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st International radio distress signal
January 8: Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
January 11: Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
January 12: Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
January 17: Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
January 21: Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno
January 25: 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
January 25: J. M. Synge's "Ruders to the Sea," premieres in Dublin
January 28: 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
January 29: 1st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team)
January 31: Bela Bartok's symphony "Kossuth," premieres


February 2: U.S. blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
February 4: John Millington Synges "Well of Saints," premieres in Dublin
February 5: American occupation of Cuba ends
February 6: Russian-Japanese war began
February 7: Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
February 8: Russo-Japanese War begins
February 9: Japan declares war on Russia
February 10: Japan and Russia declares war after Japan's surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships
February 17: Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan
February 21: National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
February 23: U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
February 25: J. M. Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
February 25: Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
February 28: Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
February 29: Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal


March 1: England regains cricket Ashes taking a 3-1 series lead vs. Australia
March 2: Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio," premieres in Milan
March 2: "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
March 8: Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match
March 9: Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
March 11: Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
March 12: 1st main line electric train in U.K. (Liverpool to Southport)
March 12: Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
March 13: Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilian border dedicated
March 18: 1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"


April 8: Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
April 13: Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Herero's chase away German army
April 13: Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin
April 14: George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premiered in London
April 18: L'Humanite, under Jean Jaures begins publishing
April 19: 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of New York in 2:38:04.4
April 19: Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
April 20: George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premieres in London
April 20: Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis
April 21: Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
April 23: American Academy of Arts and Letters forms
April 25: New York Yankee Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
April 26: Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
April 30: Ice cream cone makes its debut


May 2: 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior aboard Elwood wins in 2:08
May 5: Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)
May 6: American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
May 7: Flexible Flyer trademark registered
May 11: Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
May 14: 1st Olympics in U.S. are held (St. Louis)
May 17: Maurice Ravel's "Sheherazade," premieres in Paris
May 18: American Ion Perdicaris kidnapped in Morocco
May 21: Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
May 25: 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
May 27: NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, New York Giants)
May 28: 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
May 30: Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader


June 2: Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis
June 6: National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey
June 11: Cub's Bob Wicker no-hits New York Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
June 11: German Lieutenant-general Lothar von Trotha lands in Swapokmund, SW-Africa
June 14: Dutch troops occupies Kuto Reh, Sumatra, killing all inhabitants
June 15: Side-wheeler "General Slocum" burns in New York's East River (1,031 die)
June 21: Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to New York club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
June 28: International Anti-Military Cooperation (IAMV) forms in Amsterdam
June 29: 2 prehistoric bones found in Weerdingerveen, Drenthe


July 1: 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St. Louis
July 5: Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 inn
July 9: 10th U.S. Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 303 at Glen View Club IL
July 15: 1st Buddhist temple in U.S. forms, Los Angeles
July 16: Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to U.S. by their chiefs
July 19: Dutch Premier Kuypers disbands 1st Chamber
July 21: After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
July 21: Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH
July 23: Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo


August 3: British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
August 7: Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colorado during a flash flood, kills 96
August 10: Angelo G Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest.
August 10: Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
August 10: Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur
August 10: Yankees Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
August 11: German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
August 16: New York City begins building Grand Central Station
August 17: Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
August 23: Automobile tire chain patented
August 24: 24th U.S. Mens Tennis: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (108 64 97)
August 24: Field battle at Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian
August 25: James J Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
August 29: 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St. Louis
August 30: Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)


September 3: St. Louis Olympics closes
September 4: Dali Lama signs treaty allowing British commerce in Tibet
September 6: Soccer team Rheden forms
September 9: Boston Herald again refers to New York baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
September 9: Mounted police 1st used in New York City
September 15: Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight
September 19: General Nogi's assault on Port Arthur: 16,000 Japanese casualties
September 20: George Ade's "College Widow," premieres in New York City
September 20: Orville and Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II
September 23: Francis Younghusbands leaves Lhasa Tibet
September 25: Charles Follis is 1st black to play pro football
September 26: Charles Kleins "Music Master," premieres in New York City
September 26: Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
September 26: GB Shaw's "How He Lied to Her Husband," premieres in New York City
September 28: Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, New York City
September 29: 1st monument honoring Spanish American War erected (Monroeville Ohio)
September 30: White Sox lefty Doc White, pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days


October 1: JB van Heutsz becomes Governor-General of Netherland Indies
October 1: Netherlands and Portugal lay down bounderies splitting Timor
October 3: France and Spain sign treaty for Morocco Independence
October 3: Giants Christy Mathewson strikes out then record 16 Cards
October 3: Mary McLeod Bethune opens Daytona Normal and Industrial School
October 4: 1st day of New York City subway, 350,000 people ride 9.1 mile tracks
October 7: New York Highlander Jack Chesbro wins record 41st game of season (41-12)
October 8: 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, New York)
October 10: Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
October 10: Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St. New York City
October 10: Yankees 2 games out play 1st place Red Sox on final day doubleheader 41 game winner Chesbro loses 1st game and chance at pennant
October 16: Russian Baltic fleet departs to Port Arthur
October 17: Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
October 18: Mahlers 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
October 22: Russian fleet shoots at British fishing ship
October 24: 1st New York subway opens
October 27: World's 1st subway, IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit), opens in New York City, subway/bus fare is set at one nickel (Brooklyn bridge-145 and Bdwy)
October 28: St. Louis police try a new investigation method-fingerprints
October 29: 1st intercity trucking service (Colorado City and Snyder, Texas)
October 29: IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) subway (New York City) opens


November 1: George Bernard Shaws "John Bull's Other Island," premieres in London
November 2: British newspaper, "Daily Mirror," begins publishing
November 4: 1st stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium)
November 8: President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B Parker (D)
November 9: 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes
November 15: King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade
November 17: George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in New York City
November 23: 3rd Olympic games close in St. Louis
November 28: Germany defeats Hottentotten in Warmbad SW-Africa


December 6: Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
December 10: King Peter I of Sweden named nationalist regime
December 12: CMS McClellans "Leah Kleschna," premieres in New York City
December 19: Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
December 24: German SW Africa abolishes slavery of young children
December 27: Duke of York Theatre opens in London (1st musical Peter Pan)
December 27: W B Yeats/Lady Gregory's "On Baile's Strand," premieres in Dublin
December 28: 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)
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