Historical Events for Year 1908: Jan 1st - 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square. Jan 12th - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Jan 21st - NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public. Jan 24th - Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts. Feb 10th - Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title. Feb 18th - 1st US postage stamps in rolls issued. Feb 27th - Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma. Mar 7th - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles" Mar 17th - Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds) Mar 17th - Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title. Apr 13th - Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies) Apr 18th - Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title. Apr 24th - 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 27th - 4th modern Olympic games opens in London. May 2nd - "Take me out to the Ball Game" registered for copyright. May 10th - 1st Mother's Day observed (Phila) May 12th - George Bernard Shaws' "Getting Married," premieres in London. May 12th - Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield. May 14th - 1st passenger flight in an airplane. May 21st - 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago. May 30th - 1st federal workmen's compensation law approved. May 30th - Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System. Jun 1st - John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of US, which took 357 days. Jun 12th - Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC) Jun 13th - Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title. Jun 15th - World congress for Woman's rights opens in Amsterdam. Jun 30th - Giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia. Jul 6th - Robert Peary's expedition sails from NYC for north pole. Jul 26th - Predecessor of the FBI is created by the Department of Justice. Aug 12th - Ford builds the first Model T. Aug 14th - Race riot in Springfield Illinois. Aug 24th - Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title. Aug 24th - NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden. Aug 25th - National Association of Colored Nurses forms. Sep 2nd - Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title. Sep 9th - Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va. Sep 9th - Russia takes part of Poland. Sep 16th - Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp. Sep 27th - The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Oct 1st - Henry Ford introduces Model T car (costs $825). Oct 24th - Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game" Nov 10th - 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room. Nov 14th - Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light. Nov 28th - 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna Pa. Dec 5th - 1st football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh) Dec 16th - 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH) Dec 26th - Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion. Dec 29th - Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc.
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