JUNE 2008 - Our 100th Anniversary

Throughout 2008, the 100th anniversary year of Columns, we will be presenting centennial-themed memorabilia on this Web page. To get things started, take a look at our 1908 timeline below.

1908 Timeline
From Timelines of History Web Site

 Times Square 1908
 Times Square, 1908

Jan 1: The first time a ball signifying the new year is dropped at Times Square.

Jan 8: A subway linking Brooklyn and Manhattan opens.

Jan 21: The Sullivan Ordinance barring women from smoking in public facilities passes the New York City Council, but the mayor vetoes it.

Jan 24: The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

Feb. 24: Japan officially agrees to restrict immigration to the U.S.

Mar 4: The New York Board of Education bans whipping in public school.

London Suffragettes 

Mar 8: The House of Commons turns down a womenís suffrage bill.

April 1: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is published.

May 22: The Wright brothers register their flying machine for a U.S. patent.

May 26: Oil is discovered in Persia (now Iran), the first major oil discovery in the Middle East.

Jun 30: An explosion near the Tunguska River in Siberia incinerates some 300 sq. km., the result of the impact of huge meteorite. It flattens some 40,000 trees over 900 sq. miles and causes damage equivalent to a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb.

 Model T
 Ford Model T

July 13: The modern Olympic Games are held in Britain for the first time, featuring 2008 athletes from 22 countries--37 of whom are women.

Sept. 27: Henry Fordís first Model T rolls off the assembly line. From its inception to when it was discontinued in 1927, some 15 million were built.

Sep 19: Gustav Mahlerís 7th Symphony premieres in Prague.

Jack Johnson 
Jack Johnson 

Oct. 14: The Chicago Cubs win the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers 2Ė0. The team hasnít won a World Series since.

Nov 3: Republican William Howard Taft elected the 27th president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.

Nov 6: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid killed in Bolivia.

Nov 14: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.

Dec 26: Jack Johnson knocks out Tommy Burns in Australia to become the 1st African American world heavyweight boxing champion.