< MCMVIII = 1908 >
Events in 1908
|1 January:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|2 February:|| ||At this Chinese New Year the Ram makes room for the Year of the Monkey.|
|5 April:|| ||Bette Davis, American actress, is born in Lowell, Massachusetts.|
|5 April:|| ||Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor, is born in Salzburg.|
|17 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|19 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|14 May:|| ||Workshop mechanic Charles Furnas becomes the first passenger in an airplane flown by Orville Wright.|
|28 May:|| ||Ian Fleming, British author and naval intelligence officer, is born in Mayfair, London.|
|7 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|30 June:|| ||The Tunguska explosion in Russian Siberia at about 07:14 local time levels 2150 square kilometers of forest, propbably due to the air burst of a meteoroid.|
|25 Augustus:|| ||Henri Becquerel, French physicist who shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Marie and Pierre Curie for discovering radioactivity, dies in Le Croisic at age 55.|
|14 September:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1326 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|16 September:|| ||General Motors is founded in Flint, Michigan by manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles William Durant and bicycle wheel maker Charles Mott.|
|5 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|14 October:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|2 December:|| ||Chosen by the dowager empress Cixi on her deathbed, Puyi is crowned emperor of China at age 2 years and 10 months.|
|8 December:|| ||Northeast of Los Angeles the Mount Wilson Observatory, the largest operational telescope in the world yet, sees first light.|
|17 December:|| ||Willard Libby, American Nobel Prize winning chemist, is born in Grand Valley, Colorado.|
|21 December:|| ||Cairo University is founded as a center of secular learning.|
|21 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|28 December:|| ||A 7.1 earthquake hits Messina, killing more than 120000 Sicilians and sending a 12 metres high tidal wave ashore which destroys over 90% of the badly prepared city.|
People in 1908
Hormuzd Rassam, George Freeth, Leo Tolstoy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Clemens, Norman Lockyer, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Ernst Mach, John D. Rockefeller, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Karl Benz, Rogier Verbeek, Gabriel Fauré, Wilhelm Röntgen, Alexander Graham Bell, Joseph Pulitzer, Thomas Edison, Ivan Pavlov, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, William Ramsay, Meiji the Great, Antoni Gaudí, Jacobus van 't Hoff, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Leoš Janáček, George Eastman, Auguste Verneuil, Nikola Tesla, Emil Kraepelin, George Bernard Shaw, George Hendrik Breitner, Rudolf Diesel, Charles Eastman, Giacomo Puccini, Max Planck, Theodore Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, Willem Kloos, Frederik van Eeden, Gustav Mahler, Paul Nipkow, Rabindranath Tagore, Fridtjof Nansen, Rudolf Steiner, Auguste Lumière, David Hilbert, Pierre de Coubertin, Edvard Munch, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford, Louis Lumière, Alois Alzheimer, Herman Gorter, Sun Yat-sen, Marie Curie, Wilbur Wright, Maxim Gorky, Nicholas II, Mahatma Gandhi, Charivarius, Vladimir Lenin, Marcel Proust, Orville Wright, Ernest Rutherford, Louis Blériot, Bertrand Russell, Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Holst, Guglielmo Marconi, Winston Churchill, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann, Maurice Ravel, Albert Camus, Carl Jung, Jan Prins, Ibn Saud, Hermann Hesse, Joseph Stalin, Wallace Stevens, Leon Trotsky, Otto Hahn, Albert Einstein, Alfred Wegener, Pablo Picasso, Stefan Zweig, James Joyce, Willem Elsschot, Igor Stravinsky, Nescio, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franz Kafka, John Maynard Keynes, Khalil Gibran, José Ortega y Gasset, Benito Mussolini, Harry S. Truman, Niels Bohr, David Ben-Gurion, Robert Schuman, P.N. van Eyck, Marc Chagall, J.C. Bloem, Erwin Schrödinger, Chiang Kai-shek, Chandrasekhara Raman, Andrei Tupolev, T.E. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Jawaharlal Nehru, Taha Hussein, Charlie Chaplin, Adolf Hitler, Edwin Hubble, Martin Heidegger, Anthony Fokker, Dwight Eisenhower, Agatha Christie, Charles de Gaulle, Ole Kirk Christiansen, Karl Dönitz, James Chadwick, Manfred von Richthofen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Francisco Franco, Tito, Haile Selassie, Hermann Göring, Ivor Novello, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Martinus Nijhoff, Aldous Huxley, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Trygve Lie, Paul VI, Joseph Goebbels, J. Slauerhoff, M.C. Escher, René Magritte, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, Hendrik Marsman, Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Walt Disney, Ernest Lawrence, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Enrico Fermi, Charles Lindbergh, Puyi, Jan Campert, Belcampo, Louis Leakey, George Orwell, John von Neumann, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ayn Rand, Gerard Kuiper, Jean-Paul Sartre, Dag Hammarskjöld, Samuel Beckett, Leonid Brezhnev, Kurt Gödel and Edwin McMillan celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1908 was a leap year starting on a Wednesday, just like 1812, 1840, 1868 and 1896 in the century before it and 1936, 1964 and 1992 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1908 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 23 August 2017.