29th April 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY, at Copmanhurst, near Grafton, New South Wales – John Jackson, Aborigine soldier captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore. Sent as a prisoner of war to British North Borneo as a member of the labour force assembled to build an airfield at Sandakan.  Six of the 2500 Australian and British prisoners survived. John was not one of them. He died on 29th April 1945, on his 32nd birthday.

World Affairs: Senior German politicians acknowledge the fact that the neutrality of Belgium is guaranteed by international treaty.

Society and Culture: The Child Welfare League is established in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that the kidnapper of 4 year old Bobby Dunbar, who went missing last August in Louisiana but has recently been found alive and well with William Walters of Mississippi and has now been reunited with his parents, “may be hanged”. Walters insists the child is his own. He serves two years for kidnapping before successfully applying for a re-trial and being released. Only in 2004 will DNA testing finally prove that the child “returned” was not the real Bobby Dunbar.


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