27th March 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY, in West Ham, London – Stanley Reginald Knight, Royal Navy joiner (4th class). Perished with the sinking of HMS Hood, 24th May 1941, aged 28.

First Balkan War: In Sofia, Bulgaria, there are celebrations of the fall of Adrianople (Edirne) including a requiem for the dead and a Te Deum for the victory. King Ferdinand and the Royal Bulgarian princes travel to Adrianople.

Arms Race: Geoffrey de Havilland crashes while testing the B.S.1 (UK) Royal Air Force bi-plane, damaging the aircraft and breaking his jaw.

Accidents: At Irvine in Scotland, miner Robert McGrevey is killed instantly by a fall of coal.

Music and entertainment: In Helsinki, Finland – Jean Sibelius conducts the Philharmonic Society Orchestra for the first ever performance of his Opus 64 “The Bard”.

 

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