9th May 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY, in Britain and Australia respectively – Vice Admiral Sir John Osler Chattock Hayes, Royal Navy Officer and later Naval Secretary (1962) and Admiral Sir Victor Alfred Trumper Smith, officer with the Royal Australian Navy and later Chairman of the Chief of Staffs Committee (1970). These distinguished gentlemen died within two months of each other in the summer of 1998, aged 85.

Empire: In Arabia, a guerrilla army led by Ibn Saud (the King of Najd) captures the town of Al-Ahsa from the Ottoman Turks, expanding the territory of what will later become Saudi Arabia. The Ottoman Fort is now preserved as a local tourist attraction.


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