1908 events in history

Jan 1 For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York, New York's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight
Jan 11 Grand Canyon National Monument is created
Jan 12 A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time
Jan 13 The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people
Jan 15 The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women
Jan 21 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 24 The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell
Jan 28 Members of the Portuguese Republican Party fail in their attempted coup d'état against the administrative dictatorship of Prime Minister João Franco
Jan 30 Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is released from prison by Jan C. Smuts after being tried and sentenced to 2 months in jail earlier in the month
Feb 1 King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Prince Luis Filipe, are killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon
Mar 4 The Collinwood school fire, Collinwood near Cleveland, Ohio, kills 174 people
Mar 9 Inter Milan was founded on Football Club Internazionale, following a schism from the Milan Cricket and Football Club
Mar 23 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 The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army
Apr 7 H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party takes office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Apr 8 Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School
Apr 11 SMS Blücher, the last armored cruiser to be built by the German Imperial Navy, launches
Apr 16 Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah
Apr 20 Opening day of competition in the New South Wales Rugby League
May 10 Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia
May 20 Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening
May 26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) 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 Anglo-Persian Oil Company
May 27 Khilafat Day – the day of establishment of Khilafat in Islam Ahmadiyya
Jun 18 Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the ship Kasato-Maru
Jun 18 The University of the Philippines is established
Jun 30 The Tunguska event occurs in remote Siberia
Jul 1 SOS is adopted as the international distress signal
Jul 23 The Second Constitution accepted by the Ottomans
Jul 25 Ajinomoto is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in kombu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it
Jul 26 United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Aug 8 Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers' first public flight
Aug 17 Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France
Sep 16 The General Motors Corporation is founded
Sep 17 The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality
Sep 22 The Bulgarian Declaration of Independence is proclaimed
Sep 23 University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded
Sep 26 The Norwegian football club SK Brann was founded
Sep 27 The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
Oct 1 Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825
Oct 6 Austria-Hungary annexes Bosnia-Herzegovina, sparking a crisis
Oct 14 The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, clinching the World Series. It would be their last one to date
Nov 7 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia
Nov 22 The Congress of Manastir establishes the Albanian alphabet
Nov 30 A mine explosion in Marianna, Pennsylvania, kills 154
Dec 2 Puyi becomes Emperor of China at the age of two
Dec 28 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Messina, Sicily, Italy killing over 75,000