31st May 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: Somewhere in Russia – Anatoli Yakovlev, Russian spy in 1940s New York. Later awarded the title of “Honorable State Security Agent”, the Red Star, the Order of October Revolution and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.

Also, in Cape Province (now Northern Cape Province) in South Africa –  William Ewart Gladstone van Wyk Louw, the Afrikaans language poet.

World Affairs: In Australia, in a Federal election, the Australian Labour Party is marginally ousted by the Commonwealth Liberal Party.

Second Balkan War: The Romanian  Parliament votes in favour of allowing Russia to mediate in its territorial dispute with Bulgaria.

Sport: Swede, Alexis Ahlgren beats Harry Green’s world record for the marathon, which Harry has held for the previous 19 days.

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