31st January 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY, at Govan on the Clyde, Scotland – HMS Valiant, Queen Elizabeth Class battleship. Launched November 1914, completed February 1916, collided and repaired in August and September 1916, severely damaged  by “human torpedos” in December 1941, and again by a collapsing dry dock in Ceylon in  1944. Retired in 1945 and sold for scrap in 1948.

Transport News: According to a news report (Norfolk News, 8th February 1913) in the sleepy North Norfolk (UK) seaside town of Sheringham, there are multiple witnesses, including a former army officer using binoculars, who see three mysterious aircraft heading west (towards central england) in the early evening darkness. At midnight a man hears an aircraft overhead…


…if this was the biggest news that day, then it must have been a VERY quiet end to January 1913 on planet earth.

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