24th January 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY – Professor Maurice Pryce, in Croydon, UK, the internationally respected authority on the peaceful uses of atomic energy, who spent much of his career considering what was becoming one of the most pressing issues of our time: the disposal of nuclear waste.

First Balkan War: A Greek seaplane flies over the Dardanelles dropping bombs (unsuccessfully) on the Turkish fleet – possibly the first use of aeroplanes for aggressive warfare (as opposed to simple reconnaissance).

The Catholic Archbishop of Skopje reports details back to Rome of the massacre of between 300 and 400 Albanian muslims at Ferizaj by the Serbian army after the Serbian commander has invited the men to return to their homes in peace. He also reports another massacre at Gjilan and the sacking of Gjakova.

Empire and Labour Relations: Reginald Edward Stubbs becomes the Colonial Administrator (Governor) of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) a position he will hold intermittently until 1918, during which time he achieves notoriety for his unsuccessful attempt to deport a white radical, Mark Bracegirdle, for attempting to incite insurrection among plantation workers.

Society and Culture: the “Boy Rangers of America” are established in Montclair, New Jersey, USA.

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