25th March 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY, in Gronau, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Otto Gustaf Veenstra, originally a Dutch citizen, but later a German Citizen. Crew member on the Battleship Bismarck. Perished 27th May 1941 (aged 28) with the sinking of the Bismarck.

Extreme Weather: In Dayton, Ohio, 400 drown in (at that time) the worst flood event in US history, on the Great Miami River and the aptly named Mad River, in the Ohio River Valley. Elsewhere there is also widespread flooding in Indiana and Illinois.

Exploration: From Falmouth, UK – William Scoresby Routledge and his wife Katherine set sail in their 90 foot schooner “Mana”, bound for Easter Island where, from March 1914, they will initiate a survey of the island. The Routledges have previously (1910) published a book “With a Prehistoric People”, based on their time living with the Kikuyu people in “British East Africa” between 1906 and 1910.

Society and Culture: The town of Red Deer, in Alberta Canada is incorporated as a city as its population rises towards 2800.

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