7th March 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY,  in Robertson County, Texas – Shadrach Meshach Lockridge, the renowned Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church from 1953 to 1993 and Civil Rights activist.

World Affairs: Wilhelm Von Wied, a minor German Prince chosen by the six great powers to rule the newly independent state of Albania, lands in Durres. Six month later he leaves because he faces a muslim revolt and lacks international support.

Arms Race: Mihsjlo Petrovic, a founder member  (the first military pilot) of the Serbian airforce is killed in action over Skadar in Albania, becoming the second fatality whilst engaged in a military offensive in the history of military aviation..

Science and technology: India passes the white phosphorous matches prohibition act, which includes rights of inspectors to take samples from match factories to ensure compliance.

Women’s suffrage: Olive Wharry and Lilian Lenton are jailed for setting fire to the tea pavilion at Kew Gardens in London.

Accidents and disasters – In Baltimore, USA, over 40 people die when a steamship carrying more than 300 tons of dynamite explodes.

Off Stafness, Iceland, the steam trawler “Admiral togo” out of Hull (UK) is lost with all hands.

In Georgetown, Guyana, the Roman Catholic cathedral is destroyed by fire.

Society & Culture – Colonel  Sir Charles Wyndham Murray becomes the “Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod” in the UK Royal Household, a position first created in 1725 and still in existence in the twenty first century.. 


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