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  • Qinzhou, Guangxi, China
    Friday Mar 27, 1908

    Xinhai Revolution

    Qin-lian Uprising

    Qinzhou, Guangxi, China
    Friday Mar 27, 1908

    On 27 March 1908, Huang Xing launched a raid, later known as the Qin-lian Uprising, from a base in Vietnam and attacked the cities of Qinzhou and Lianzhou in Guangdong. The struggle continued for fourteen days but was forced to terminate after the revolutionaries ran out of supplies.




  • Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (Now: Czech Republic)
    Tuesday Apr 28, 1908

    Oskar Schindler (Schindler's List)

    Birth

    Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (Now: Czech Republic)
    Tuesday Apr 28, 1908

    Schindler was born on 28 April 1908, into a Sudeten German family in Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary. His father was Johann "Hans" Schindler, the owner of a farm machinery business, and his mother was Franziska "Fanny" Schindler (née Luser). His sister, Elfriede, was born in 1915.




  • Hekou, Honghe, Yunnan, China
    Thursday Apr 30, 1908

    Xinhai Revolution

    Hekou Uprising

    Hekou, Honghe, Yunnan, China
    Thursday Apr 30, 1908

    In April 1908, another uprising was launched in Yunnan, Hekou, called the Hekou Uprising. Huang Mingtang led two hundred men from Vietnam and attacked Hekou on 30 April. Other revolutionaries who participated include Wang Heshun and Guan Renfu. They were outnumbered and defeated by government troops, however, and the uprising failed.




  • U.S.
    Thursday May 14, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    First fixed-wing aircraft passenger on a few short flights

    U.S.
    Thursday May 14, 1908

    Their contracts required them to fly with a passenger, so they modified the 1905 Flyer by installing two seats and adding upright control levers. After tests with sandbags in the passenger seat, Charlie Furnas, a helper from Dayton, became the first fixed-wing aircraft passenger on a few short flights May 14, 1908.




  • Podkamennaya Tunguska River, Siberia, Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jun 30, 1908

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Tunguska Event

    Podkamennaya Tunguska River, Siberia, Russian Empire
    Tuesday Jun 30, 1908

    The Tunguska event was a large explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate (now Krasnoyarsk Krai), Russia, on the morning of 30 June 1908 (NS). The explosion over the sparsely populated Eastern Siberian Taiga flattened 2,000 square kilometres (770 square miles) of forest, and may have caused up to three human casualties.




  • U.S.
    Saturday Jul 4, 1908

    Flag of the United States

    Star for Oklahoma

    U.S.
    Saturday Jul 4, 1908

    The flag was changed to have 46 stars. (for Oklahoma)




  • Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 5, 1908

    Father's Day

    The First observance of a day honoring fathers

    Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 5, 1908

    Father's Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting. After Anna Jarvis' successful promotion of Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a day honoring fathers was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.


  • Salonika, Ottoman Empire (Now Thessaloniki, Greece)
    Friday Jul 24, 1908

    Armenian Genocide

    Armenians' hopes for equality in the Ottoman Empire brightened when a coup d'état staged by officers in the Ottoman Third Army

    Salonika, Ottoman Empire (Now Thessaloniki, Greece)
    Friday Jul 24, 1908

    On 24 July 1908, Armenians' hopes for equality in the Ottoman Empire brightened when a coup d'état staged by officers in the Ottoman Third Army based in Salonika removed Abdul Hamid II from power and restored the country to a constitutional monarchy. The officers were part of the Young Turk movement that wanted to reform administration of the perceived decadent state of the Ottoman Empire and modernize it to European standards.


  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1908

    Titanic

    Drawings

    Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday Jul 29, 1908

    On 29 July 1908, Harland and Wolff presented the drawings to J. Bruce Ismay and other White Star Line executives. Ismay approved the design and signed three "letters of agreement" two days later, authorising the start of construction… The name Titanic derives from the Titan of Greek mythology. Built in Belfast, Ireland, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it was then known), the RMS Titanic was the second of the three Olympic-class ocean liners—the first was the RMS Olympic and the third was the HMHS Britannic.


  • Le Mans, France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    Some newspapers that called him a "bluffeur"

    Le Mans, France
    Saturday Aug 8, 1908

    Facing much skepticism in the French aeronautical community and outright scorn by some newspapers that called him a "bluffeur", Wilbur began official public demonstrations on August 8, 1908, at the Hunaudières horse racing track near the town of Le Mans, France.


  • Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 3, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    Demonstrating another nearly identical Flyer to the United States Army

    Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 3, 1908

    Orville followed his brother's success by demonstrating another nearly identical Flyer to the United States Army at Fort Myer, Virginia, starting on September 3, 1908.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 9, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    The First hour-long flight

    U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 9, 1908

    On September 9, he made the first hour-long flight, lasting 62 minutes and 15 seconds.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Sep 17, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    The First airplane crash fatality

    U.S.
    Thursday Sep 17, 1908

    On September 17, Army lieutenant Thomas Selfridge rode along as his passenger, serving as an official observer. A few minutes into the flight at an altitude of about 100 feet (30 m), a propeller split and shattered, sending the Flyer out of control. Selfridge suffered a fractured skull in the crash and died that evening in the nearby Army hospital, becoming the first airplane crash fatality.


  • Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 17, 1908

    Plane Accidents

    The first powered aircraft crash

    Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 17, 1908

    The first involving a powered aircraft was the crash of a Wright Model A aircraft at Fort Myer, Virginia, in the United States on September 17, 1908, injuring its co-inventor and pilot, Orville Wright, and killing the passenger, Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 7, 1908

    The Wright brothers

    The First American woman passenger

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 7, 1908

    On October 7, 1908, Edith Berg, the wife of the brothers' European business agent, became the first American woman passenger when she flew with Wilbur—one of many passengers who rode with him that autumn.


  • Anhui, China
    Thursday Nov 19, 1908

    Xinhai Revolution

    Mapaoying Uprising

    Anhui, China
    Thursday Nov 19, 1908

    On 19 November 1908, the Mapaoying Uprising was launched by revolutionary group Yuewanghui member Xiong Chenggei at Anhui. Yuewanghui, at this time, was a subset of Tongmenghui. This uprising also failed.


  • Stockholm, Sweden
    Thursday Dec 10, 1908

    Antibiotic

    Ehrlich Received The Nobel Prize

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Thursday Dec 10, 1908

    In 1908, Ehrlich received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to immunology.


  • Italy
    Monday Dec 28, 1908

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    1908 Messina Earthquake

    Italy
    Monday Dec 28, 1908

    The 1908 Messina earthquake (also known as the 1908 Messina and Reggio earthquake) occurred on 28 December in Sicily and Calabria, southern Italy with a moment magnitude of 7.1 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). The cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria were almost completely destroyed and between 75,000 and 82,000 lives were lost.


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