17th August 1913 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Twin Falls, Idaho – “Deep Throat” (aka William Mark Felt), the FBI associate director at the centre of the Watergate scandal which topples President Nixon in the 1970s.

http://www.nndb.com/people/709/000097418/

Shipping Accidents:

~ The passenger ship “State of California” strikes a reef in Alaskan waters and sinks with the loss of 40 passengers and crew.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_1913#August_17.2C_1913_.28Sunday.29

~ Bombadier Elias Ashton rescues a number of men who have jumped from a junk stricken by a typhoon in Hong Kong, an act of  bravery for which he is later awarded a Royal Humane Society bronze medal.

http://www.lsars.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bronz14s.htm

Sport: At the “Eccentric Fireman’s Games” Paddy Ryan sets the first world record for hammer throwing, a record which will not be beaten for the next quarter century.

http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/JOH/JOHv4n1/JOHv4n1f.pdf

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