Genealogy & History Primer: What was going on in the world in 1904?
As we prepare for our newest exclusive translation to be published here at Onward To Our Past® we are pleased to bring you this primer on the world of our ancestors in 1904, the date of the next article we have translated from Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
We believe it is of significant value for us to be aware of, and understand, the world and what was happening in it, to better understand the lives of our ancestors. As a result, we prepare these ‘Genealogy & History Primers’ in advance of any new translation release we are publishing.
So today we take a look back at the year 1904 and see what was of note, of interest, and of import to our ancestors. The following is a sample:
The first ice cream cone was created and sold at the St. Louis World’s Fair. (I like this one a lot!)
Much of the city of Toronto was destroyed in a devastating fire.
Cy Young, of Boston, pitched a perfect game against the Philadelphia A’s.
Anton Chekhov’s “Cheery Orchard” opened in Moscow, Russia.
The first Buddhist temple in the United States was formed in Los Angles, California.
The United States, after paying $10 million for the rights, began work on the Panama Canal.
Cy Young, playing for Boston, threw a perfect game against the Philadelphia A’s.
Japan and Russia officially declared war and thus began the Russo-Japanese War.
The first main line electric train in the United Kingdom ran from Liverpool to Southport.
A coal mine explosion claimed the lives of 179 miners in Cheswick, Pennsylvania.
In Italy, the Marconi Company established “CQD” as the first universal distress call.
Pope Pious X banned woman from wearing low-cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
A huge fire engulfed more than 1,500 buildings over an 80 block area of Baltimore, Maryland.
Giacomo Puccini’s opera ‘Madam Butterfly’ premiered in Milan, Italy.
The National Ski Association was founded in Ishpeming, Michigan.
England regained the “Ashes” from Australia in Cricket.
The world auto speed record was set at 65.79 miles per hour.
Dutch troops occupied the village of Kuto Reh in Sumatra and killed every inhabitant there.
The paddle steamer, “General Slocum” burned in New York harbor, killing 1,031.
Germany passed the Nuremburg Laws, thereby stripping Jews of their civil rights.
Professor Schron found the microbe that causes photosynthesis.
The American occupation of Cuba ended.
In the landmark legal case “Northern Securities Company v. United States, the Supreme Court found the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was violated and thus began the first of President Theodore Roosevelt’s famed ‘Trust Busting’.
The “Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs” were adopted.
Charles Rolls met Frederick Royce in Manchester, England and went on to form the Rolls-Royce Company.
The “Flexible Flyer” name was trademarked.
After thirteen years of work, the 4,607 mile long Trans-Siberian railway was completed. Snow chains for automobile tires were invented.
New York City began building Grand Central Station.
The 3rd Modern Olympic Games were held in St. Louis, Missouri, the first such games ever in the United States.
Mounted police were utilized for the first time, in New York City.
Wilbur Wright made his first airplane flight.
So there you have a quick look at the world of our ancestors in 1904.
Now get ready for our newest exclusive translation coming tomorrow right here at Onward To Our Past®