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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1908 AD


January 1: 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
January 1: Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the MCG (83 and 28)
January 2: Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
January 7: England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
January 9: Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium
January 9: Muir Woods National Monument, California established
January 13: French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip
January 13: Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170
January 13: Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
January 15: C Hill and R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Australia
January 16: Pinnacles National Monument, California established
January 18: Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair," premieres
January 21: August Strindberg's "Spoksonaten," premieres in Stockholm
January 21: New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
January 23: U.S. and Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
January 24: General Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts
January 25: John Blockx' opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
January 27: Pasiphae, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
January 29: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates


February 3: Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
February 7: Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St. Louis Browns for $5,000
February 8: Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands
February 10: Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
February 11: Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
February 11: Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
February 12: Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
February 12: New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York City George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
February 18: 1st U.S. postage stamps in rolls issued
February 25: 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
February 27: Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
February 27: Star #46 was added to U.S. flag for Oklahoma
February 28: Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran
February 29: Dutch scientists produce solid helium


March 4: Collingwood Ohio primary school catches fire; 180 die
March 5: 1st ascent of Mount Erebus, Antarctica
March 7: Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council and announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
March 8: Collingwood Elementary, Cleveland, burns, kills 173 kids and 2 teachers
March 8: Dutch utopist Frederick of Eden speaks in Carnegie Hall, New York
March 12: Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
March 14: Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
March 15: 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
March 17: Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
March 17: Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title


April 2: Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
April 3: Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hours
April 5: British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns
April 8: Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
April 12: Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
April 13: Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's and Phillies)
April 16: Natural Bridges National Monument forms near Lake Powell, Utah
April 18: Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
April 20: 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of New York in 2:25:43.2
April 21: Frederick A. Cook claims to reach North Pole, he didn't
April 22: Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
April 23: Denmark, Germany, England, France, Netherlands and Sweden sign North Sea accord
April 24: Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across U.S. by car, they leave Los Angeles in a Packard and arrive in New York City in 32d-5h-25m
April 27: 4th modern Olympic games opens in London


May 1: World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
May 5: 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
May 5: Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco
May 9: Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
May 10: 1st Mother's Day observed
May 12: George Bernard Shaws' "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 and Mr. Hyde) premieres in Chicago
May 21: Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
May 23: Dirigible explodes over San Francisco 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 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: U.S. Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah authorized
May 31: Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)


June 1: John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of U.S., which took 357 days
June 2: 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
June 10: 1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of New York, opens
June 12: Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours, New York City
June 13: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
June 15: World congress for Woman's rights opens in Amsterdam
June 24: Yankees replace Clark Griffith with Kid Elberfeld as manager who is destined to have worse won-lost percentage of any Yankee manager 27-71 (.276)
June 30: Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats New York Highlanders, 8-0
June 30: Giant fireball impacts in Siberia (Tunguska Event) (Enckes comet)


July 4: New York Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
July 6: Robert Peary's expedition sails from New York City for north pole
July 7: Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay
July 9: CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
July 10: H Kamerlingh Onnes makes helium liquid (-269 degrees C)
July 13: 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
July 19: Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
July 24: John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
July 26: Predecessor of the FBI is created by the Department of Justice
July 29: St. Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics
July 30: Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris


August 6: St. Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
August 13: Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
August 14: Race riot in Springfield Illinois
August 17: B Tarkington and HL Wilson's "Man from Home," premieres in New York City
August 17: Bank of Italy opens new HQ at Clay and Montgomery
August 20: Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
August 24: New York Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at MSG
August 24: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
August 25: Allen Winter wins U.S. 1st $50,000 trotting race
August 25: National Association of Colored Nurses, forms
August 27: Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as the Tigers
August 28: 14th U.S. Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
August 29: N.Y. gives a ticker tape parade to returning U.S. Olympians from London


September 2: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
September 3: James Barries "What Every Woman Knows," premieres in London
September 4: Caledonia and Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
September 5: Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
September 9: Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hour airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va
September 9: Russia takes part of Poland
September 12: Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier
September 16: Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
September 16: William Crapo Durant incorporates General Motors in Janesville Wisc
September 17: Thomas Selfridge becomes 1st fatality of powered flight
September 18: Cleveland Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1
September 19: Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony, premieres in Prague
September 20: Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
September 22: Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
September 23: Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th and disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay and pennant)
September 23: University of Alberta opens
September 24: Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
September 25: Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
September 26: Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Dodgers in a doubleheader
September 29: Calgary Rugby Football Union forms
September 30: Maurice Maeterlinck's "L'oiseau Blue," premieres in Moscow


October 1: 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)
October 1: Henry Ford introduces Model T car
October 1: Jack Chesbro's final Yankee victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1
October 2: Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row
October 5: Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar
October 5: White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
October 6: Austria annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina
October 6: Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
October 6: Yankees lose 100th game of year go 51-103 for season
October 7: Crete revolts against Turkey and aligns with Greece
October 7: Serbia and Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
October 8: New York Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
October 10: Baseball Writers Association, formed
October 14: Baseball Writers Association of America, forms
October 14: Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
October 14: Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers
October 16: Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
October 18: Belgium annexes Congo Free State
October 20: King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
October 24: Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game"
October 31: 4th Olympic games ends in London


November 3: William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan
November 4: Brooklyn Academy of Music, opens in New York City
November 6: Leonid Andreyevs "Dui Nashey Zhizni," premieres in St. Petersburg
November 7: Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
November 10: 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room
November 14: Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light
November 14: Oscar Strauss' musical "Der tapfere Soldat," premieres in Vienna
November 16: Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting New York's Metropolitan Opera
November 22: 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
November 25: Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (U.S.) in MSG marathon by 60 yards
November 28: 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna Pa


December 2: Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 3
December 3: Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A, premieres
December 4: Haiti's president-General Alexis Nord flees from military coup
December 5: 1st football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
December 11: Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden," premieres
December 16: 1st credit union in U.S. forms, Manchester, New Hampshire
December 25: Jack Johnson KO Tommy Burns and becomes 1st black heavyweight champ
December 26: Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
December 28: Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy; 80,000 die
December 28: Messina, Italy struck by an earthquake (nearly 80,000 died)
December 29: Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc
December 30: Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set
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