1908 1909 1910


  • Anglo-Persian Oil Company organized to exploit the D'Arcy concession.
  • Home Rule for South Africa.
  • England adopts a minimum wage law copied from the state of Victoria in Australia.
  • Degania, the first Israeli kibbutz, is established.
  • U.S. Marines continue to occupy the Isthmus of Panama, which they will do until January 21, 1914.
  • U.S. Supreme Court decides Moyer v. Peabody (212 U.S. 78 (1909)), ruling that local authorities are immune from civil damages for action taken to suppress "local insurrections," in this case a miner's strike in Colorado.
  • Second edition of Sigmund Freud's Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams) is published.
  • Charles Fenn is born.


  • January: British Liberal Party loses 100 seats in British General Election.
  • January 2: Future mid-century conservtaive Republican Party politician and failed U.S. Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater is born.
  • April 18: Joan of Arc beatified by the Vatican, which has all the time in the world.
  • June 20: Future Hollywood film star Errol Flynn is born in Australia.
  • August 14: British authorities in Sudan arrest Muktar al-Hashimi, who has declared himself to be Sahib al-Waqt or the 'Master of Time' and declared he has been instructed by God and the Prophet to declare a jihad and to rule Sudan until nabi 'isa (Prophet Jesus) came. They also arrest two of his sons and kill a third son in the process.
  • August 23: Mexican anarchist Flores Magon arrested in Los Angeles for violating the Neutrality Act.
  • October 10: British court sentences Muktar al-Hashimi to hang. One son is given a life sentence and another a commuted the death sentence of the other.
  • October 13: Francisco Ferrer is executed. Shouts to the firing squad: "I forgive you, children! Aim straight."
  • October 16: First presidential summit in U.S. history as the 350 lb. U.S. President William Howard Taft meets the uniformed 7 term Mexican President (dictator) Porfirio Diaz in El Paso.
  • October 18: Future political scientist Norberto Bobbio is born in Italy.

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