January 7 - The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later
February 7 - A fire in Baltimore, Maryland destroys over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours.
February 8 - Japanese surprise attack on Port Arthur (Lushun) starts Russo-Japanese War.
February 23 - For $10 million the United States gains control of the Panama Canal Zone.
March 3 - Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a political
recording of a document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder.
March 4 - Russo-Japanese War: Russian troops in Korea retreat toward Manchuria
followed by 100,000 Japanese troops.
April 8 - Entente Cordiale signed between the UK and France.
April 8 - Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The
New York Times.
April 30 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in Saint Louis, Missouri
(closes December 1).
July 23 - In St. Louis, Missouri, Charles E. Menches invents the ice cream cone during
the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
October 27 - First New York City subway line opens; system becomes biggest in United
States of America, and one of biggest in world.
November - Theodore Roosevelt defeats Alton B. Parker in the U.S. presidential election.
November 24 - The first successful caterpillar track is made (it would later revolutionize
construction vehicles and land warfare).
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Joseph F. Smith issues a "Second
Manifesto" against polygamy.Year in topic
1904 in film
The Great Train Robbery, by Siegmund Lubin (a remake of the 1903 classic...).
The giant French film company Pathé Freres opens offices in Brussels, Belgium, New
York City and Moscow, Russia, with an inventory of 12,000 titles.
1904 in sports
The third Summer Olympic Games are held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.Births
, SOE agent, hero of WW II executed by the Nazis.
January 1 - Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
, Pakistani politician, (d. 1982).
January 5 - Jeane Dixon
, astrologer (d. 1997).
January 10 - Ray Bolger
, actor, singer, dancer (d. 1987).
January 11 - Boudewina Janna van den Houten
January 14 - Cecil Beaton
, photographer (d. 1980).
January 18 - Cary Grant
, actor (d. 1986).
January 22 - George Balanchine
, choreographer (d. 1983).
January 26 - Ancel Keys
February 1 - S. J. Perelman
, humorist, author.
February 4 - MacKinlay Kantor
, historian (d. 1977).
February 5 - Walter Gross
, cabaretist (d. 1989).
February 7 - Ernst Ginsberg
, actor and film director (d. 1964).
February 11 - Henry LaBouisse
, head of UNICEF (1965-1979).
February 11 - Sir Keith Holyoake
, New Zealand Prime Minister (1960-1972).
February 20 - Aleksei Kosygin
, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980).
February 25 - Adelle Davis
, nutritionist, writer (d. 1974).
February 29 - Jimmy Dorsey
, bandleader (d. 1957).
March 1 - Glenn Miller
, bandleader (d. 1944).
March 2 - Dr. Seuss
, author (d. 1991).
March 8 - Victor de Kowa
, actor (d. 1973).
March 6 - Joseph Schmidt
, tenor (d. 1942).
March 7 - Reinhard Heydrich
, Nazi official (d. 1942).
March 20 - B. F. Skinner
, behavioral psychologist (d. 1990).
March 21 - Jacob van den Houten
March 23 - Joan Crawford
, actress (d. 1977).
March 26 - Joseph Campbell
, author and expert on mythology (d. 1987).
March 26 - Xenophon Zolotas
, Prime Minister of Greece.
March 28 - Werner Bahlsen
, biscuit producer (d. 1985).
April 3 - Sally Rand
, dancer (d. 1979).
April 6 - Francina Martina van Westervoort
April 7 - Ralph Bunche
, diplomat, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1971).
April 9 - Sharkey Bonano
, jazz musician (d. 1972).
April 16 - Fifi D'Orsay
, actress (d. 1983).
April 18 - Marinus Klink
April 20 - Cornelia Johanna van den Houten
April 22 - Robert Oppenheimer
, physicist (d. 1967).
May 6 - Harry Martinson
, swedish author, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (d. 1978).
May 6 - Moshe Feldenkrais
, founder of the Feldenkrais Method.
May 11 - Salvador Dalí
, artist (d. 1989).
May 17 - Jean Gabin
, actor (d. 1976).
May 20 - Gerardina Adriana van den Houten
May 21 - Fats Waller
, pianist (d. 1943).
May 21 - Robert Montgomery
, actor (d. 1981).
May 27 - Chuhei Nambu
, Japanese athlete.
June 2 - Johnny Weissmuller
, American swimmer and actor (d. 1984).
July 7 - Lena van den Houten
July 9 - Pieternella van den Houten
July 12 - Deng Xiaoping
, Chinese politician and leader (d. 1997).
July 13 - Pablo Neruda
, poet (d. 1973).
August 6 - Jean Desses, French couturier (d. 1970).
August 13 - Izak Leendert van Oeveren
August 13 - Neeltje Johanna van Oeveren
August 17 - Leopold Nowak
August 21 - Count Basie
, jazz musician and bandleader (d. 1984).
August 23 - Gloria Morgan-Vanderbilt
, socialite twin (d. 1965).
August 23 - Thelma Morgan
, socialite twin, Viscountess Furness (d. 1970).
August 28 - Secondo Campini
, Italian jet pioneer (d. 1980).
September 12 - Antonia Maria van den Houten
September 24 - Hermanus Kranenborg
September 29 - Greer Garson
, actress (d. 1996).
October 1 - Maatje Catootje Rosa van den Houten
October 17 - Kasper van den Houten
November 11 - J. H. C. Whitehead
, British mathematician.
November 14 - Dick Powell
, actor and singer (d. 1963).
November 17 - Willemina van Hekke
November 25 - Lillian Copeland
, American athlete.
November 30 - Clyfford Still
, painter (d. 1980).William Conrad Troast
January 20 - Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev
, Russian chemist and inventor of
the Periodic table.
March 10 - Johanna van Houten
April 4 - Aaltje de Witte
April 8 - Francina Martina van Westervoort
May 19 - Auguste Molinier
, French historian.
June 4 - George Frederick Phillips
, military hero of the Spanish-American War.
July 5 - Abai Kunanbaiuli
, Famous Kazakh poet.
July 14 - Anton Chekhov
, Russian playwright and short story writer.
July 22 - Wilson Barrett
August 6 - Eduard Hanslick
, music critic.
August 22 - Kate Chopin
August 25 - Henri Fantin-Latour
August 29 - Murat V
, deposed Ottoman sultan.
September 4 - Izak Leendert van Oeveren
September 8 - Neeltje Johanna van Oeveren
September 26 - John F. Stairs
, businessman, statesman.
October 2 - Tannetje Cornelia den Engelsman
October 4 - Frédéric Bartholdi
November 13 - Elisabeth van den Houten
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