January 2. Sousa’s Band perform at Queen’s Hall, London, the fi rst of a six-day engagement featuring two daily concerts. Th ey kick off a 352-day world tour covering 47,346 miles-“the most extensive tour undertaken by a musical organization of that size.” (Paul Edmund Bierley. The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa. University of Illinois Press, 2006)

January 6. George Walker dies of syphilis in Islip, New York. Along with Bert Williams, he was part of a popular comedy team from the mid-1890s up through their last performance together in Louisville in February 1909.