16th February 1913 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY, in Wabaunsee County, Kansas – Lewis, WIlliam Walt (“Lew Walt”), decorated US Marine Corp leader, WW2 and Korean War hero, Commander of 3rd Marine amphibious force in Vietnam (1965-67) and Senate investigator into international drug trafficking. Author of 3 books, including “Strange war, strange strategy”, about the Vietnam War.

Also, in Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire, Keriman Halis Ece, Miss Turkey 1932, and winner of the “International Pageant of Pulchritude”, in Spa, Belgium, in the same year.

World Affairs: In Mexico City, a brief (9 hour) armistice is declared between the government and opposition forces. US Ambassador Wilson continues to discuss with General Huerta plans to remove President Madero and instal an alternative to the constitutionally elected President.

Society & Culture: In Columbus, Ohio a travelling evangelist, the Reverend Billy Sunday, concludes his two month long revivalist program at a purpose built 12,000 seat wooden auditorium. An estimated 1million people have attended the 93 services (up to three a day) over two months.  Attendance has presumably been aided by the 60 protestant churches of Columbus who have ceased their services while the Reverend Billy has been in town.

Shipping News: in Hafnarfjörður in Iceland, the new pier designed to accommodate the growing fishing industry is consecrated at a large ceremony less than two months after the arrival of its first steamship, on 28th December 1912.

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