THE YEAR OF 1904
Born : JAN 9 George Balanchine, dancer-choreographer
Born : 10 Ray Bolger, dancer, actor (Once in Love with Amy, Wizard of Oz)
Born : 14 Cecil Beaton, British photographer and stage designer.
Born : 18 Cary Grant (born Archibald Leach), British born film star.
8 Women's low-cut gowns were banned at parties when leading
catholic churchmen were present. (Boo to you Pope Pius X)
12 Henry Ford breaks the land speed record at 91mph
in his car '999' on the frozen Lake St Clare.
17 First night in Moscow of Anton Chekhov's play the Cherry Orchard.
29 First athletic letters given: to Univ of Chicago football team.
Born : FEB 29 Jimmy Dorsey, US big band leader.
4 Russo-Japanese war began after Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
8 The Russo-Japanese war broke out when Russia invaded Manchuria
17 First night in Milan of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
18 Turks massacred 800 Albanians at Shemsi Pasha, Macedonia.
Born : MAR 1 Glenn Miller, US bandleader, trombonist and composer.
Born : 20 BF Skinner, psychologist, pioneer in Behaviorism.
Born : 23 Joan Crawford, US film actress.
12 Britain's first electric train ran from Liverpool to Southport.
17 First journey by submarine took place, Portsmouth - Isle of Wight.
22 First color pictures in a newspaper, New York Illustrated Mirror
22 The first color photos were published in a newspaper,
the US Daily Illustrated Mirror.
29 Richmond Park in London was opened.
Born : APR 3 Sally Rand, actress, ecdysiast, fan dancer
Born : 14 Sir John Gielgud, actor (Arthur, Ages of Man)
Born : 22 J. Robert Oppenheimer, physicist, nuclear pioneer.
Born : 27 Cecil Day Lewis, English poet.
Died : 16 Samuel Smiles, Scottish social reformer and author of Self-Help.
Died : 24 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist.
3 The Dutch massacred 541 locals in a revolt in East Indies.
8 Britain and France sign the 'Entente Cordiale'.
Born : MAY 2 Bing Crosby (born Harry L Crosby), US singer.
Born : 11 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist painter.
Born : 21 Fats Waller, US jazz pianist and composer.
Died : 1 Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer.
Died : 9 Sir Henry Morton Stanley, explorer. Are you Livingstone ?
Died : 10 Henry Morton Stanley, US journalist and explorer.
4 Charles Rolls and Henry Royce became partners in a car firm
4 Work began on the Panama Canal.
Born : JUN 2 Johnny Weissmuller swimmer-actor, the definitive Tarzan.
Born : 10 Frederick Loewe, composer
Born : 26 Peter Lorre, German born actor.(Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)
Born : JUL 12 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth) (Nobel 1971).
Born : 14 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish author.
Born : 27 Anton Dolin, British dancer and choreographer.
Died : 3 Theodore Herzl, Austrian Zionist leader.
Died : 14 Paul Kruger, South African leader of the Boers.
Died : 15 Anton Checkhov, Russian playwright and short story writer.
21 Vladivostok and Chelyabinsk in Russia were joined by the
Trans-Siberian Railway, 4570 miles apart.
23 The first ice cream cone was made by Charles Menches in Missouri.
Born : AUG 7 Ralph Bunche, US diplomat.
Born : 21 Count Basie, US jazz pianist and bandleader.
Born : 26 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist.
3 An expedition led by Francis Younghusband became the first
westerners to enter the 'Forbidden City' of Lhasa, Tibet.
10 Russo-Japanese war, Russians lose the Battle of Yellow Sea.
29 The III rd Olympic Games opened in St Louis, Missouri.
Born : SEP 15 Umberto II, king of Italy (1946)
7 Francis Younghusband led a British expedition to Tibet.
28 A woman was arrested in New York for smoking
in an open top car. Smoking in public was not illegal.
Born : OCT 1 Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
Born : 2 Graham Greene, prolific English novelist (Brighton Rock)
Born : 20 Anna Neagle, English actress.
Born : 24 Moss Hart, playwright
Died : 4 Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor who carved the
Died : Statue of Liberty that now stands in New York City.
Died : 31 Dan Leno, British comedian.
13 Sigmund Freud's 'The Interpretation of Dreams' was published.
22 Two British fishing trawlers were sunk by a Russian fleet in mistake for Japanese warships.
27 New Yorks electric 25mph subway opens. Took 4 yrs to build.
28 St. Louis Police try a new investigation method - fingerprints.
Born : NOV 21 Coleman Hawkins, virtually created the tenor saxophone for jazz
Born : DEC 20 Irene Dunne, actress, "Life With Father"
5 The Russian fleet was destroyed by the Japanese at Port Arthur.
13 The Metropolitan Railway in London went electric.
24 The London Coliseum opened, with first revolving stage in the UK.
26 Peter Pan, by James Barrie, premiered on stage in London.
26 The Abbey Theatre in Dublin opened.
27 James Barrie's Peter Pan premiered in London.