27th January 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY In Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lodewijk Prins, Dutch Chess Player.

Labour Relations: In Berbice, British Guiana (now Guyana), 150 years after a slave revolt against the Dutch started in the same vicinity, indentured laborers at Plantation Rose Hall on the Canje River refuse to obey the orders of their Scottish manager who is interfering with their traditional end of season four day holiday. In the ensuing conflict (“The Rose Hall Disturbances”) police fire on a crowd who are attempting to prevent the arrest of a ringleader. 14 laborers are killed by the gunfire.

Women’s rights: The British cabinet votes to remove the women’s suffrage bill from the order of business in Parliament.

Society and culture: The Imperial German Army Service authorizes the  Flugzeugführerabzeichen (Pilot’s badge) for those who have demonstrated proficiency as pilot or observer.

In London, the Maida Vale Picture Palace opens. In addition to a cinema there is a seven piece orchestra. The cinema seats an audience of 1500, including a balcony for 500. Programmes change twice a week and bookings can be made by telephone.

Law and order: The first sitting of the (British) Legislative Council of the Central Government (of India) after its transfer from Calcutta to Delhi , takes place at the “Old Secretariat” building newly constructed for the purpose.

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