15th January 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY – Fred C Schwarz, in Brisbane Australia. Born again Christian anti-communist crusader and author.

First Balkan War – The Ottoman cruiser Medjidie attacks and sinks a Greek merchant ship  which has been armed for use as a troop carrier.

Society and Culture: In the UK, the Royal Geographical Society votes to admit women to its membership after 82 years as a men only organisation.

Science and Technology:

A telephone service begins between Berlin and New York.

In Great Yarmouth, on the east coast of Britain, at around 1.00AM, Mr Herbert Pertwee hears an airship or aeroplane overhead. It passes over quickly and returns three minutes later.

Completed today – the Italian battleship, Dante Alighieri, the first dreadnought class ship for the Italian Navy. Saw service in World War 1 before being incapacitated in 1928 as part of the Washington Naval Treaty (to limit the arms race) and later scrapped.

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