World History 1907

About the history of the world in 1907, Ziegfield Follies opens, the Boy Scouts is founded, Austria awards universal suffrage.

TWO CENTURIES OF WORLD HISTORY: 1778-1978

1907

* The Ziegfeld Follies opened in New York.

* The first successful daily comic strip, H. C. Fisher's Mr. Mutt (later to share billing with Jeff), ran in the San Francisco Chronicle.

* Robert Baden-Powell, 50, a retired British colonial officer and part-time writer, took 25 boys on a camping trip to Brownsea Island and returned to establish a new youth organization called the Boy Scouts, which he headed until 1937.

* Austria adopted universal suffrage.

* Russian revolutionary Joseph Stalin (original last name Dzhugashvili), 28, held up the State Bank transport at Tiflis to fund the hard-pressed Bolshevik party. Meanwhile, the chairman of that party, Nikolai Lenin, 37, fled Russia.

Feb. 20 The U.S. Congress authorized the president to refuse entry to the country to any person carrying a non-U.S. passport. The law was aimed at the insane, the retarded, and other "undesirables."

Mar. 14 Pres. Theodore Roosevelt barred Japanese laborers in Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada from immigrating to the U.S.

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