1908: On This Year


1908 (MCMVIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1908th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1908 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1908 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1908, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1908, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1908, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1908, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1908.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1908 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1908 known for ?

  • Not far removed from the turn of the 20th Century, the year 1908 saw the global frontier and indeed, the world, continue to shrink. 1908 was a momentous year for exploring the ends of the Earth.
  • In January, the famous Nimrod Expedition set sail from New Zealand. Led by Ernest Shackleton, this British expedition was meant to discover the South Pole. While the group did not achieve their goal, they did reach a point farther south than anyone had been before. What is especially remarkable is that this was funded entirely by private donations. On the opposite end of the world, it was in April of this year that American explorer, Frederick Cook, claims to have reached the North Pole, but this claim has been disputed for many years. In July, Cook’s rival, Robert Peary, set sail for the North Pole. Both men claim to have been the first to reach the Pole, but both claims have been contested since they made their claims.
  • There were also events that brought the world closer together – things that made the world seem a bit smaller. In a major development for the aviation field, French aviator Leon Delagrange piloted the first passenger flight in March. Also in March of this year, the first Scout troop was formed in the United Kingdom. This can be considered the beginning of organized Scouting as an activity for boys, after Robert Baden-Powell published his Scouting for Boys book. This movement would become an international cultural phenomenon, spreading across the world, passing on values and skills that would last for generations.
  • In another momentous development, American businessman Henry Ford produced the first Model T automobile at his production plant in Detroit, Michigan. Ford’s Model T would radically change the way that people travelled and how communities organized themselves.

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1908: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1908?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1908 was the Year of the Monkey.

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Nobel Prize

1908: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1908: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 1908 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Élie Metchnikoff
world population

1908: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1908 were John, William and James for boys and Mary, Helen and Margaret for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1908: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1908 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • John
  • William
  • James
  • George
  • Robert
  • Joseph
  • Charles
  • Frank
  • Edward
  • Thomas

1908: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1908 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Anna
  • Dorothy
  • Elizabeth
  • Mildred
  • Alice
  • Marie

vinyl songs

1908: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1908, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was School Days by Albert Campbell

1908: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1908 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. School Days by Albert Campbell
  2. I'm Glad I'm Married by Billy Murray
  3. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming by Peerless Quartet
  4. Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Edward Meeker
  5. Old Black Joe by Peerless Quartet

1908: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1908 were:

The Thieving Hand

The Thieving Hand

Release year: 1908

Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton

Starring: Paul Panzer

The Puppet's Nightmare

The Puppet's Nightmare

Release year: 1908

Directed by: Émile Cohl

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Release year: 1908

Directed by: Pierre Gang

The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

Release year: 1908

Directed by: Walter Lang

Troubles of a Grass Widower

Troubles of a Grass Widower

Release year: 1908

Directed by: Max Linder

Starring: Max Linder


What happened in 1908?

Here's what happened in 1908:

  • Jan 1, 1908: 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
  • Jan 2, 1908: Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
  • Jan 7, 1908: England beat Australia by one wicket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Jan 9, 1908: Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium.
  • Jan 11, 1908: Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • Jan 12, 1908: A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • Jan 13, 1908: Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games
  • Jan 14, 1908: Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut versus England Adelaide (116).
  • Jan 15, 1908: C Hill and R J Hartigan make 8th wicket partnership 243 for Australia.
  • Jan 16, 1908: Pinnacles National Monument, California established.
  • Jan 21, 1908: New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
  • Jan 23, 1908: US and Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo.
  • Jan 28, 1908: Members of the Portuguese Republican Party fail in their attempted coup d'etat against the administrative dictatorship of Prime Minister Joao Franco.
  • Jan 29, 1908: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates.
  • Feb 1, 1908: King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Prince Luis Filipe are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon.
  • Feb 7, 1908: Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to Saint Louis Browns for $5,000.
  • Feb 10, 1908: Tommy Burns knocks out Jack Palmer in four for heavyweight boxing title.
  • Feb 12, 1908: New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York NY; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel.
  • Feb 27, 1908: Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954).
  • Feb 28, 1908: Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran.
  • Feb 29, 1908: Dutch scientists produce solid helium.
  • Mar 4, 1908: The Collinwood School Fire, Collinwood near Cleveland, Ohio, kills 174 people.
  • Mar 7, 1908: Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council and announced that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles".
  • Mar 8, 1908: Collingwood Elementary (Cleveland) burns, kills 173 kids and two teachers.
  • Mar 12, 1908: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Wanderers sweep Winnipeg Maple Leafs in two games.
  • Mar 14, 1908: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4.
  • Mar 17, 1908: Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Tommy Burns knocks out Jem Roche in 88 seconds).
  • Mar 23, 1908: 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.
  • Apr 1, 1908: The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.
  • Apr 2, 1908: Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday.
  • Apr 3, 1908: Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in two hours.
  • Apr 5, 1908: British premier Henry Campbell-Bannerman resigns.
  • Apr 7, 1908: H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
  • Apr 8, 1908: Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
  • Apr 11, 1908: SMS Blucher, the last armored cruiser to be built by the German Imperial Navy, launches.
  • Apr 12, 1908: Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts.
  • Apr 16, 1908: Natural Bridges National Monument established (Lake Powell Utah).
  • Apr 18, 1908: Tommy Burns knocks out Jewy Smith in five for heavyweight boxing title.
  • Apr 20, 1908: 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of New York in 2:25:43.2.
  • Apr 23, 1908: Denmark, Germany, England, France, Netherlands and Sweden signs North Sea accord.
  • Apr 24, 1908: Mr and Mrs Jacob Murdock become the first to travel across the US by car, they leave Los Angeles in a Packard and arrive in New York City in 32 days-5 hours-25 minutes.
  • May 5, 1908: 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2.
  • May 9, 1908: Dirk Fock becomes Governor of Suriname.
  • May 10, 1908: First official Mother's Day service is held, at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis.
  • May 12, 1908: Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield.
  • May 18, 1908: US Congress mandates that "In God We Trust" appear on all US coins.
  • May 20, 1908: The Aldrich-Vreeland Act alters security deposit requirements for national banks.
  • May 23, 1908: Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die.
  • May 24, 1908: Belgium Catholic socialist / liberal parliamentary election
  • May 26, 1908: At Masjed Soleyman (???? ??????) 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 30, 1908: Paris advocate E Archdeacon is first passenger in a airplane.
  • May 31, 1908: Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is first airplane passenger (Belgium).
  • Jun 1, 1908: John Krohn begins walk around perimeter of US, which took 357 days
  • Jun 2, 1908: 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
  • Jun 12, 1908: Lusitania crosses Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours
  • Jun 13, 1908: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 18, 1908: Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the ship Kasato-Maru.
  • Jun 24, 1908: Yanks replace Clark Griffith with Kid Elberfeld as manager who is destined to have worse won-lost pct of any Yankee mgr 27-71
  • Jun 30, 1908: The Tunguska event occurs in remote Siberia.
  • Jul 1, 1908: SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.
  • Jul 4, 1908: New York Giants George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn.
  • Jul 7, 1908: Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay.
  • Jul 9, 1908: CHU (Christian Historic Union) Dutch political party forms
  • Jul 19, 1908: Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 24, 1908: John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon
  • Jul 25, 1908: 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, 1908: Predecessor of the FBI is created by the Department of Justice
  • Jul 30, 1908: Around the World Autombile Race ends in Paris.
  • Aug 8, 1908: Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers' first public flight.
  • Aug 13, 1908: Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • Aug 14, 1908: Race riot in Springfield Illinois.
  • Aug 17, 1908: Bank of Italy opens new headquarters at Clay and Montgomery.
  • Aug 20, 1908: Congo Free State becomes the Belgian Congo.
  • Aug 24, 1908: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 25, 1908: National Association of Colored Nurses, forms
  • Aug 27, 1908: Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 28, 1908: 14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts
  • Aug 29, 1908: New York gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London.
  • Sep 2, 1908: Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 3, 1908: James Barries What Every Woman Knows, premieres in London
  • Sep 4, 1908: Caledonia and Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • Sep 9, 1908: Russia takes part of Poland
  • Sep 12, 1908: Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier
  • Sep 16, 1908: Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
  • Sep 17, 1908: The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
  • Sep 18, 1908: Cleveland Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1.
  • Sep 20, 1908: Chicago White Sox Frank Smith second no-hitter, beats Philadelphia Phillies 1-0.
  • Sep 22, 1908: Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
  • Sep 23, 1908: University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded.
  • Sep 24, 1908: Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • Sep 26, 1908: Ed Ruelbach shuts-out Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader.
  • Sep 27, 1908: The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Sep 29, 1908: Calgary Rugby Football Union forms
  • Oct 1, 1908: 1st Dutch electric railway in use
  • Oct 2, 1908: Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row.
  • Oct 3, 1908: The Pravda newspaper is founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.
  • Oct 5, 1908: Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar
  • Oct 6, 1908: Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 7, 1908: Serbia and Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact.
  • Oct 8, 1908: New York Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • Oct 14, 1908: Baseball Writers Association of America, forms
  • Oct 16, 1908: Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • Oct 20, 1908: King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
  • Oct 24, 1908: Billy Murray hits the charts with Take Me Outto the Ball Game
  • Oct 31, 1908: 4th Olympic games ends in London
  • Nov 3, 1908: William Howard Taft (Republican) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan.
  • Nov 4, 1908: Brooklyn Academy of Music, opens in New York City
  • Nov 6, 1908: Leonid Andreyevs Dui Nashey Zhizni, premieres in St. Petersburg
  • Nov 7, 1908: Dutch capture Venezuelan navy
  • Nov 10, 1908: 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room
  • Nov 14, 1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
  • Nov 22, 1908: 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University, 5-0
  • Nov 25, 1908: Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Gardens marathon by 60 yards.
  • Nov 28, 1908: 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna Pennsylvania.
  • Nov 30, 1908: A mine explosion in the mining town of Marianna, Pennsylvania kills 154.
  • Dec 2, 1908: Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two
  • Dec 25, 1908: Jack Johnson KO Tommy Burns and becomes first black heavyweight champion.
  • Dec 26, 1908: Jack Johnson becomes the first African American heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.
  • Dec 28, 1908: Messina, Italy struck by an earthquake (nearly 80,000 died).
  • Dec 29, 1908: Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville Wisconsin.
  • Dec 30, 1908: Stanley Cup: MontrTal Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in two game series.
  • Jan 24, 1908: The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.


What does the year 1908 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1908 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 9th year of the 20th century and the 8th year of the 1900s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1907 and precedes 1909.

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