26th May 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Kenley, Surrey, England – Peter Cushing: Baron Frankenstein, Dr Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, Winston Smith, Dr Who and Grand Moff Tarkin. A momentous day for the fiction of science. (Horror hits a hundred).

Arms Race: The Royal Dutch Navy launches “Gruno”, F81 gunboat.

Women’s suffrage: After a period recuperating from a hunger strike, Emmeline Pankhurst is re-arrested outside the home of her friend Ethel Smyth in Hook Heath, Surrey, England.

Society and Culture: Emily Cecilia Duncan  is appointed as the UK’s first woman magistrate (local judge with powers to try certain lower level offences), having worked as a Guardian (Board Member) of the West Ham Union workhouse for the last 20 years.

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