Events in year of 1908

  • 01-011st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • 01-01Jack Hobbs makes his Test debut at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • 01-02Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • 01-07England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • 01-09Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as Premier of Belgium
  • 01-09Muir Woods National Monument, California established
  • 01-13French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip
  • 01-13Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • 01-14Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut vs. Eng Adelaide (116)
  • 01-15C Hill and R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Aust
  • 01-16Pinnacles National Monument, California established
  • 01-21New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public
  • 01-23US and Great-Britain demand end of abuses in Congo
  • 01-24Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts
  • 01-29Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates
  • 02-03Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • 02-07Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St. Louis Browns for $5,000
  • 02-10Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 02-12Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
  • 02-12New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • 02-181st US postage stamps in rolls issued
  • 02-251st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
  • 02-27Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
  • 02-27Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
  • 02-28Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran
  • 02-29Dutch scientists produce solid helium
  • 03-04Collingwood Ohio primary school catches fire; 180 die
  • 03-051st ascent of Mt Erebus, Antarctica
  • 03-07Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council and announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
  • 03-08Collingwood Elementary (Cleveland) burns, kills 173 kids and 2 teachers

People born in year of 1908

  • 01-01Kinue Hitoma: Japan -- 800m runner (1928 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-02Ben Grauer: NYC, New York -- Newscaster (Big Story)
  • 01-02Janis Kepitis: Composer
  • 01-05George Dolenz: Trieste, Italy -- Actor (Count of Monte Cristo)
  • 01-06Menahem Avidom: Composer
  • 01-08Mary Nadia Wadia: Actress
  • 01-08William Hartnell: London, England -- Actor (Agitator, Jackpot)
  • 01-09Simone de Beauvoir: France -- Author (Mandarins, 2nd Sex)
  • 01-10Bernard Lee: London, England -- Actor (M in James Bond movies)
  • 01-10Paul Henreid: Trieste -- Actor (Casablanca, 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
  • 01-11Lionel Stander: NYC, New York -- Actor (Max-Hart to Hart, Unfaithfully Yours)
  • 01-12Ben Seijes: Dutch historian (WWII)
  • 01-14Carl Esmond: Vienna, Austria -- Actor (Address Unknown, Hitler)
  • 01-14Ruggiero de Rudolpho Columbo: US singer / actor (Miracle of Women)
  • 01-15Edward Teller: Budapest, Hungary -- Fathered H-bomb (Manhattan Project)
  • 01-15Roberta Bitgood: Composer
  • 01-17Akkineni LV Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao Prasad: Producer
  • 01-18Albert P Morano: (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59)
  • 01-18Jacob Bronowsky: British mathematician / cultural historian
  • 01-20Paula Wessely: Austrian actress / producer (Masquerade)
  • 01-20Wilfred Conwell Bain: Composer
  • 01-23Hubert Nicholson: Poet / Novelist
  • 01-23Pak Saleman Siswowitono: Javan / Surinamese writer
  • 01-25Lord Iliffe: English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph / Autocar)
  • 01-27William Randolph Hearst, Jr.: Newspaper publisher (Hearst Publishing)
  • 01-28Hans [Hendrik AJ] Tiemeijer: Dutch actor / director / writer (Fear)
  • 01-29Adam Clayton Powell: (Rep-D-New York, 1945-70)
  • 02-01Edward Staempfli: Composer
  • 02-01George Pal: Hungarian / US director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons)
  • 02-01Albie Booth: Collegiate Hall of Fame football star (Yale)

People died in year of 1908

  • 01-04Antony Winkler Prins: Writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • 01-09Abraham Goldfaden: US Yiddish stage performer (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • 01-09Wilhelm Busch: Writer
  • 01-10Anna S Barbiers: Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster), dies at 65
  • 01-14Holger Drachmann: Writer
  • 01-17Ferdinand IV SMJJBFLGRRJ: Ruler of Toscane, dies at 72
  • 01-23Edward Alexander MacDowell: US Composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • 02-01Carlos I: King of Portugal (1889-1908), assassinated by mob at 44
  • 02-14Georges Jean Pfeiffer: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-17Geronimo: Apache chief, dies at about 79
  • 03-11Peter Milne: Composer, dies at 83
  • 03-28John Eliot: English meteorology, dies at 68
  • 04-04Josef Sucher: Composer, dies at 64
  • 04-05Gaetano Coronaro: Composer, dies at 55
  • 04-20Henry Chadwick: Sports reporter (baseball), dies at 85
  • 04-22Henry Campbell-Bannerman: British Premier (1905-08)
  • 05-12Melesio Morales: Composer, dies at 69
  • 05-26Mirza Ghulam Ahmad: Indies Theologist (Ahmadiyya motion), dies at 69
  • 06-02Redvers H Buller: English General, dies at 68
  • 06-05Luca Fumagalli: Composer, dies at 71
  • 06-08Johan Lindegren: Composer, dies at 66
  • 06-09Jose FdT Coelho: Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), dies at 46
  • 06-11Georg Adler: German statehouse head, dies at 45
  • 06-21Nikolai A Rimski-Korssakov: Russian Composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64
  • 06-24Grover Cleveland: 22nd and 24th President (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71
  • 07-03Joel Chandler Harris: Created Uncle Remus, dies at 59
  • 07-10Eliza Laurillard: Vicar / Poet / writer, dies at 78
  • 07-14William Mason: Composer, dies at 79
  • 07-18Jaime Nuno: Composer, dies at 83
  • 07-20Federico Chueca: Composer, dies at 62

Events in year of 1909

  • 01-01Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
  • 01-021st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
  • 01-16British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole
  • 01-16David, Mawson and Mackay reach south magnetic pole
  • 01-231st radio rescue at sea
  • 01-28US milt forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • 02-01US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
  • 02-02Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • 02-08France and Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • 02-091st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • 02-091st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
  • 02-12National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • 02-12Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • 02-161st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • 02-16Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
  • 02-18Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps
  • 02-22Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia
  • 02-23Russian tsar Nicolas II dissolves Finnish Diet
  • 03-011st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota
  • 03-02Gr Brit, France, Germ and It asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
  • 03-03Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3
  • 03-04President Taft inaugrated at 27th President during 10" snowstorm
  • 03-04US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds
  • 03-10Jack Johnson fights Victor McLaglen to no decision in 6 for box title
  • 03-14Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms
  • 03-18Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
  • 03-30Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan and Queens
  • 03-31Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years
  • 03-31Gustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his 1st time
  • 04-061st credit union forms in US

People born in year of 1909

  • 01-01Barry Goldwater: (Sen-R-Arizona, 1953-65, 69- ) / Presidential Candidate (R) 1964)
  • 01-01Dana Andrews: Collins, Mississippi -- Actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura)
  • 01-02Rene Etiemble: French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 01-05Jean-Pierre Aumont: Paris, France -- Actor (Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker)
  • 01-05Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith: Bibliophile
  • 01-05Stephen Cole Kleene: Mathematician (Regular Expressions)
  • 01-06Johannes H Moesman: Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor)
  • 01-06Keith Davis: Voice tutor / author
  • 01-08Jose Ferrer: Santurce, Puerto Rico -- Oscar winning actor (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 01-09Herva Nelli: Soprano
  • 01-10Grace Mitchell: Educator
  • 01-10Rudolf Kubin: Composer
  • 01-11Gunnar Johnsen Berg: Composer
  • 01-11Marguerite Kelsey: English model / painter (Haunting)
  • 01-12Mauritz Hugo: Sweden -- Actor (Atomic Blonde, Road Agent)
  • 01-13Danny Barker: Jazz guitarist
  • 01-13Marinus van der Lubbe: Dutch communist
  • 01-14Joseph Walton Losey: Wisconsin, United States -- Director (Damned, Accident)
  • 01-15Elie Siegmeister: NYC, New York -- Composer (Plough & the Stars)
  • 01-15Enrique Sasal y Chapi: Composer
  • 01-21Todor Skalovski: Composer
  • 01-22[Sithu] U Thant: Burma -- 3rd UN Secretary General (1962-72)
  • 01-22Ann Sothern [Harriette Lake]: North Dakota, United States -- Actress (Lady in a Cage)
  • 01-22Lev D Landau: Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • 01-23Norman Fulton: Composer
  • 01-24Ann Todd: Hartford, England -- Actress (Paradine Case, 7th Veil)
  • 01-24Tiny Winters: Musician
  • 01-28Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb: British diver (WWII-George Medal)
  • 01-29Alan Marshal: Sydney, NSW -- Actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia)
  • 01-29Tonypandy: Viscount

People died in year of 1909

  • 01-14Sinovi P Rozhestvensky: Russian Admiral, dies at 60
  • 01-15Ernest Reyer: Composer, dies at 85
  • 01-15Ernest von Wildenbruch: German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • 01-22Richard A C E Erlenmeyer: German chemist, dies at 83
  • 02-02Adolf Stoecker: German anti-semite / Prime Minister, dies at 73
  • 02-03Johann Georg Herzog: Composer, dies at 86
  • 02-08Edouard Silas: Composer, dies at 80
  • 02-08Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Composer, dies at 32
  • 03-12Johanna "Lena" Bakker: Dutch actress / Wife of Bruno Gerlach, dies at 34
  • 03-16George Thorndike Angell: Lawyer (ASPCA), dies at 85
  • 03-22Gyula Erkel: Composer, dies at 66
  • 03-24John Millington Synge: Irish dramatist / playwright / poet, dies at 37
  • 03-25Ruperto Chapi y Lorente: Composer, dies at 57
  • 03-26Nikolai Arkas: Composer, dies at 56
  • 04-03Benjamin Johnson Lang: Composer, dies at 71
  • 04-09Charles Conder: Artist
  • 04-10Algernon Charles Swinburne: English poet, dies at 72
  • 04-12Hermann Kotzchmar: Composer, dies at 79
  • 05-05Pauline Staegeman: German feminist
  • 05-08Friedrich von Holstein: German diplomat
  • 05-10Johannes de Koo: Journalist / playwright
  • 05-18George Meredith: English Poet / writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • 06-01Giuseppe Martucci: Composer, dies at 53
  • 06-18Learmont Drysdale: Composer, dies at 42
  • 06-22Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron: German poet, dies at 65
  • 06-28Israel Durham: Phillies President dies
  • 07-05Emil Bohn: Composer, dies at 70
  • 07-08Gaston AA Marquis de Gallifet: French Minister of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • 07-09Kasimir Felix Badeni: Premier of Polish / Austria (1895-97), dies at 62
  • 07-11Simon Newcomb: Celestial mechanics authority (Stars), dies at 74