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Prisoners of war Nama and Herero
In German South West Africa it comes
to the uprising of the Herero and Nama .
Sunk ships of the Russian fleet in the port of Port Arthur
The Russo-Japanese War begins with a surprise attack by Japan on Port Arthur .
Location of the Dogger Bank in the North Sea
The Doggerbank incident occurs between Russia and Great Britain .
Caricature on the Entente cordiale: John Bull leaves with the French whore while the German officer pretends to be indifferent
France and Great Britain found the Entente cordiale .
1904 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1352/53 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1896/97 (turn of the year 10/11 September)
Baha'i calendar 60/61 (turn of the year 20/21 March)
Bengali solar calendar 1309/10 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2447/48 (southern Buddhism); 2446/47 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 76th (77th) cycle

Year of the Wood Dragon甲辰 ( since February 16 , before that Water Hare癸卯)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1266/67 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4237/38 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1282/83 (around March 21)
Islamic calendar 1321/22 (March 18-19)
Japanese calendar Meiji 37 ( 明治 37 年 );

Kōki 2564

Jewish calendar 5664/65 (9/10 September)
Coptic calendar 1620/21 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 1079/80
Rumi Calendar (Ottoman Empire) 1319/20 (March 1)
Seleucid era Babylon: 2214/15 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2215/16 (turn of the year October)

Suriyakati Calendar (Thai Solar Calendar) 2446/47 (April 1)
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1960/61 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

Russo-Japanese War

Russo-Japanese War battlefields




Lothar von Trotha's extermination order , Botswana National Archives


The Big Stick in the Caribbean Sea - Caricature on Theodore Roosevelt's policy of intervention



World exhibition

Official Louisiana Purchase Exposition program

Trademarks and patents

Business start-ups


Woermann dock in tow to Cameroon (by Willy Stöwer )


science and technology



The Sea-Wolf , First Edition

Music and theater

Madama Butterfly , illustration by Adolfo Hohenstein


Friedrich Karl Ströher : Flea Market in Paris , 1904, oil on canvas



Memorial Church 1904


Shipping disasters

The General Slocum burning in the East River
  • June 15 : On the East River in New York, the paddle steamer General Slocum with 1,388 people, mostly of German immigrants, catches fire on board. At least 1,021 people are killed in the disaster. This makes it the worst civil shipping disaster in the USA to date .
  • June 28 : The Danish passenger ship Norge runs into the North Atlantic on a reef in the immediate vicinity of the rocky island Rockall and sinks in 20 minutes. 625 passengers and crew are killed. The sinking of the Norge is the largest shipwreck in the North Atlantic to date.

City fires

Ålesund after the city fire
After the great fire in Baltimore
  • February 7 : Baltimore , USA, is struck by a major fire that cremates large parts of the city. There are no direct personal injuries caused by the fire itself, but property damage is estimated at 150 million US dollars.
Front Street of Toronto after the fire disaster
  • April 19 : The Toronto city ​​fire causes the city's largest fire disaster, destroying over 100 buildings in the city center. People do not die, but 5,000 will be unemployed in the short or medium term because numerous industrial and commercial buildings are affected by the fire.

Minor accidents are listed in the sub-articles of Catastrophe .


For entries of athletics world records, see under the respective discipline under athletics .

Nobel Prizes

price person country Reason for awarding the prize image
Nobel Price for physics John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh
United Kingdom 1801United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom "For his investigations into the density of the most important gases and his discovery of argon in connection therewith " John William Strutt
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Sir William Ramsay
United Kingdom 1801United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom "In recognition of the merit he has earned through the discovery of the indifferent gaseous basic substances noble gases in the air and the determination of their place in the periodic system " William Ramsay
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
Russian Empire 1883Russian Empire Russia "In recognition of his work on the physiology of digestion which has improved and expanded knowledge of essential aspects of this area" Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
Nobel Prize in literature Frédéric Mistral
FranceFrance France "With reference to the fresh originality, the ingenious and artistic in his poetry, which faithfully reflects nature and popular life of his homeland, as well as to his significant effectiveness as a Provencal philologist" Frédéric Mistral
José Echegaray
Spain 1875Spain Spain "With reference to its extensive and ingenious authorship which, in an independent and original way, revived the great traditions of Spanish drama" José Echgaray
Nobel Peace Prize " Institut de Droit international " (founded 1873) BelgiumBelgium Belgium Work of the institute for the further development of international law Institut de Droit international



Cary Grant, 1973



Karl Rahner, 1974 in conversation (left)


Kurt Georg Kiesinger, 1967
Robert Oppenheimer, around 1944


Salvador Dalí, 1965


Johnny Weissmüller around 1925
Heinrich von Brentano


Milton Stone as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams in the television series Smoking Colts


Wendell Meredith Stanley
Christopher Isherwood, 1973
Werner Forßmann





Exact date of birth unknown


January to March

Johann Traugott Mutschink († 1904)

April to June

Isabella II
Antonín Dvořák
Henry Morton Stanley

July to September

Anton Chekhov, around 1903

October to December

FA Bartholdi, sculptor and creator of the Statue of Liberty, 1898
Clemens Winkler, around 1875

Exact date of death unknown

Web links

Commons : 1904  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Commons : 1904  - album containing pictures, videos and audio files