10th May 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY – in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England – “The Picture House” – the town’s first purpose built cinema.

World Affairs: War from the air reaches the Western Hemisphere when a French aviator drops pipe bombs on to Mexican shipping, including a gunboat.

After being rejected for a place at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, followed by several years of poverty and misery on the streets and in poor homes, 24 year old Adolf Hitler leaves Vienna in search of a better life in Munich (and to avoid mandatory military service in the Austrian Army). Later he will write in Mein Kampf: “I owe it to that period that I grew hard and am still capable of being hard.”

Science, technology and society: In Grafton, New South Wales, the Clarence and Richmond Examiner reports Sir Rider Haggard’s comments: “…one of the greatest evils which is going on in Australia today is the destruction of the magnificent timber in which it was once so rich”.

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