1904 in History
January 1 Netherlands Indies colony begins opium production
January 4 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
January 4 Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US
January 5 -34 degrees F (-36.7 degrees C), River Vale, New Jersey (state record)
January 5 -42 degrees F (-41.1 degrees C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
January 5 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 and 8-68
January 7 Marconi Co establishes "CQD" as 1st International radio distress signal
January 8 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
January 11 Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
January 12 Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garison
January 17 Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
January 21 Leos Janacek's opera "Jenufa," premieres in Brno
January 25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
January 25 J. M. Synge's "Ruders to the Sea," premieres in Dublin
January 28 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
January 29 1st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team)
January 31 Bela Bartok's symphony "Kossuth," premieres
February 2 U.S. blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey
February 4 John Millington Synges "Well of Saints," premieres in Dublin
February 5 American occupation of Cuba ends
February 6 Russian-Japanese war began
February 7 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
February 8 Russo-Japanese War begins
February 9 Japan declares war on Russia
February 10 Japan and Russia declares war after Japan's surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships
February 17 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan
February 21 National Ski Association forms in Ishpeming, Michigan
February 23 U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
February 25 J. M. Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
February 25 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
February 28 Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
February 29 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal
March 1 England regains cricket Ashes taking a 3-1 series lead vs. Australia
March 2 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio," premieres in Milan
March 2 "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
March 8 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match
March 9 Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
March 11 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
March 12 1st main line electric train in U.K. (Liverpool to Southport)
March 12 Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund
March 13 Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilian border dedicated
March 18 1st performance of Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)"
April 8 Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
April 13 Battle at Oviumbo Africa: Herero's chase away German army
April 13 Congress authorizes Lewis and Clark Expo $1 gold coin
April 14 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premiered in London
April 18 L'Humanite, under Jean Jaures begins publishing
April 19 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of New York in 2:38:04.4
April 19 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
April 20 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premieres in London
April 21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
April 23 American Academy of Arts and Letters forms
April 25 New York Yankee Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
April 26 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
April 30 Ice cream cone makes its debut
April 30 Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis
May 2 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior aboard Elwood wins in 2:08
May 5 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)
May 6 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
May 7 Flexible Flyer trademark registered
May 11 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
May 14 1st Olympics in U.S. are held (St. Louis)
May 17 Maurice Ravel's "Sheherazade," premieres in Paris
May 18 American Ion Perdicaris kidnapped in Morocco
May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
May 25 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
May 27 NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, New York Giants)
May 28 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
May 30 Frank Chance gets hit by pitch 5 times in a doubleheader
June 2 Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis
June 6 National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey
June 11 Cub's Bob Wicker no-hits New York Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
June 11 German Lieutenant-general Lothar von Trotha lands in Swapokmund, SW-Africa
June 14 Dutch troops occupies Kuto Reh, Sumatra, killing all inhabitants
June 15 Side-wheeler "General Slocum" burns in New York's East River (1,031 die)
June 21 Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to New York club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
June 28 International Anti-Military Cooperation (IAMV) forms in Amsterdam
June 29 2 prehistoric bones found in Weerdingerveen, Drenthe
July 1 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St. Louis
July 5 Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 inn
July 9 10th U.S. Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 303 at Glen View Club IL
July 15 1st Buddhist temple in U.S. forms, Los Angeles
July 16 Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to U.S. by their chiefs
July 19 Dutch Premier Kuypers disbands 1st Chamber
July 21 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
July 21 Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH
July 23 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo
August 3 British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
August 7 Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colorado during a flash flood, kills 96
August 10 Angelo G Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest.
August 10 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
August 10 Japanese fleet defeat Russians off Port Arthur
August 10 Yankees Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
August 11 German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
August 16 New York City begins building Grand Central Station
August 17 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0
August 23 Automobile tire chain patented
August 24 24th U.S. Mens Tennis: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (108 64 97)
August 24 Field battle at Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian
August 25 James J Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
August 29 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St. Louis
August 30 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
September 3 St. Louis Olympics closes
September 4 Dali Lama signs treaty allowing British commerce in Tibet
September 6 Soccer team Rheden forms
September 9 Boston Herald again refers to New York baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
September 9 Mounted police 1st used in New York City
September 15 Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight
September 19 General Nogi's assault on Port Arthur: 16,000 Japanese casualties
September 20 George Ade's "College Widow," premieres in New York City
September 20 Orville and Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II
September 23 Francis Younghusbands leaves Lhasa Tibet
September 25 Charles Follis is 1st black to play pro football
September 26 Charles Kleins "Music Master," premieres in New York City
September 26 Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
September 26 GB Shaw's "How He Lied to Her Husband," premieres in New York City
September 28 Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, New York City
September 29 1st monument honoring Spanish American War erected (Monroeville Ohio)
September 30 White Sox lefty Doc White, pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days
October 1 JB van Heutsz becomes Governor-General of Netherland Indies
October 1 Netherlands and Portugal lay down bounderies splitting Timor
October 3 France and Spain sign treaty for Morocco Independence
October 3 Giants Christy Mathewson strikes out then record 16 Cards
October 3 Mary McLeod Bethune opens Daytona Normal and Industrial School
October 4 1st day of New York City subway, 350,000 people ride 9.1 mile tracks
October 7 New York Highlander Jack Chesbro wins record 41st game of season (41-12)
October 8 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, New York)
October 10 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
October 10 Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St. New York City
October 10 Yankees 2 games out play 1st place Red Sox on final day doubleheader 41 game winner Chesbro loses 1st game and chance at pennant
October 16 Russian Baltic fleet departs to Port Arthur
October 17 Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors
October 18 Mahlers 5th symphony premieres in Cologne
October 22 Russian fleet shoots at British fishing ship
October 24 1st New York subway opens
October 28 St. Louis police try a new investigation method-fingerprints
October 29 1st intercity trucking service (Colorado City and Snyder, Texas)
October 29 IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) subway (New York City) opens
November 1 George Bernard Shaws "John Bull's Other Island," premieres in London
November 2 British newspaper, "Daily Mirror," begins publishing
November 4 1st stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium)
November 8 President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B Parker (D)
November 9 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes
November 15 King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade
November 17 George Cohans musical "Little Johnny Jones," premieres in New York City
November 23 3rd Olympic games close in St. Louis
November 28 Germany defeats Hottentotten in Warmbad SW-Africa
December 6 Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
December 10 King Peter I of Sweden named nationalist regime
December 12 CMS McClellans "Leah Kleschna," premieres in New York City
December 19 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
December 24 German SW Africa abolishes slavery of young children
December 27 Duke of York Theatre opens in London (1st musical Peter Pan)
December 27 W B Yeats/Lady Gregory's "On Baile's Strand," premieres in Dublin
December 28 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)