The first Model T is introduced by Henry Ford.
Construction of the Titanic begins in Belfast, Ireland.
The IV Olympic Games are held in London and women compete for the first time. Among the 24 sports: tug of war, rugby and polo.
William Howard Taft defeats William Jennings Bryan for the U.S. presidency.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, two longtime bank robbers, are reported killed in Bolivia.
The following notable people are born: baseball announcer Red Barber, actor Rex Harrison, author Louis L'Amour, actor Buddy Ebsen, actress Bette Davis, journalist Edward R. Murrow, actor James Stewart, author Ian Fleming, comedian Milton Berle, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is published by Frank L. Baum
U.S. unemployment: 8 percent
U.S. population: 88.7 million
Cost of a first-class stamp: 2 cents
Eggs: 14 cents a dozen
U.S. flag: 45 stars
Population of Las Vegas: 30
Average wage (not minimum): 22 cents per hour
U.S. homes with a telephone: 8 percent
U.S. homes with a bathtub: 14 percent
And in the world of baseball, the statistical leaders were:
Ty Cobb, Detroit .324 in American League
Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh .354 in National League
Sam Crawford, Detroit 7 in AL
Tim Jordan, Brooklyn 12 in NL
Ed Walsh, White Sox 269 in AL
Christy Mathewson N.Y. Giants 259 in NL
World Series champion
Chicago Cubs – who did not win again for another 108 years—until last night’s exciting 10-inning, 8-7 victory in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians.
(The image at the top of this post was the official Chicago Cubs logo in 1908.)