17th April 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY, in London, England – Dora Jessie Saint MBE (nee Shafe), pen name “Miss Read”, schoolmistress turned novelist who delighted 1960s readers and later with her novels set in the fictional english villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green. After retiring (1996) she was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (1998). She died in 2012, shortly before her 99th birthday.

World Affairs: In Mexico, the Revolution continues as soliders from the Anishinabe confederation of Southern Mexico attack and (on the 18th) capture the city of Jonacatepec (“The Battle of Jonacatepec”), with large stores of weapons and ammunition.

Railway accident: Two children die on a level crossing at Overton in Yorkshire, England. While waiting on the adjacent lines for a goods train to pass they do not notice a train arriving from the opposite direction.

Science and technology: WH Bragg presents his paper “The Reflection of X-Rays by Crystals” to the (UK) Royal Society, describing in detail the operation of the X-Ray spectrometer.

Sport: In Vancouver, Canada, Athletic Park opens with a civic parade followed by a baseball game featuring the Vancouver Beavers and the Tacoma Tigers.


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