By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
Tour de France - “The Tour is finished… a victim
of its own popularity,” wrote the race director Henri
Desgranges after the 1904 Tour became a contest of cheating
Canal - 1904, construction on the Panama Canal began. Mariners
had long wanted to find a
way to connect the Pacific
and Atlantic Oceans. In the 1800’s a group of Frenchman
started digging the Canal but ran out of money. Under the
direction of Teddy Roosevelt, the new Republic of Panama
right of way for the Ocean-to-Ocean Canal. When Roosevelt
visited the Canal in 1906, he became the first sitting President
the USA to travel beyond the borders of the country.
Railway - Before the turn of the century, the Czar of Russia
started a huge public works project, to build
a rail line across the vast land of Siberia. The project
was completed in 1904.
/ Japanese War - 1904, the war began on February 8, 1904
with the Japanese attack on Port Arthur in Manchuria
and ended on September 5, 1905 with the signing of the Treaty of
Portsmouth. The Japanese defeat of the Great Russian
Empire signaled a shift in the balance of World power.
Cartier - Creation of the first wristwatch for aviator
York City - Following London in 1863, Boston in 1897, and
Pairs in 1900, Manhattan opened its
first subway. The
fare was a nickel.
Henry Morton Stanley, 1841-1904, a reporter for
the New York Herald, Stanley was sent to Africa
to search for a missing Scottish explorer. His journey ended in what
is now Tanzania with “Dr. Livingstone I presume?”
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