United States and American History: 1904

About the history of the United States in 1904, Kentucky passes a segregation law, The Great Train Robbery released, first major American film, first perfect Baseball game.


-Kentucky passed a school segregation law. In Berea College v. The Commonwealth of Kentucky, Berea College, an integrated school, challenged the law. However the Court of Appeals, and later, in 1908, the U.S. Supreme Court, upheld the law reflecting the courts' hands-off policy on segregation.

-Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery, the 1st well-known American film with a story line, was released to exhibitors. The 14-minute, single-reel film was also featured at the opening of the 1st modern movie theater in 1905 in Pittsburgh. Porter, working in the Edison laboratory, discovered the principle of editing. By piecing together films from the stockroom he had 1st made The Life of an American Fireman, which was released in 1903 to a limited audience.

May 5 Cy Young of the Boston Americans pitched the 1st perfect major league game.

--Angered by the abusive Ban Johnson, President of the American League, Giant manager John McGraw called off the World Series. He refused to allow his Giants to meet Boston.

Sept. 28 "You can't do that on 5th Avenue," exclaimed the police officer who arrested a woman for smoking a cigarette while riding in an open automobile in New York City.

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