8th October 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Grytviken, on the (British) Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic, Solveig Gunbjørg Jacobsen, daughter of Fridthjof Jacobsen, Assistant Manager (and soon to be Manager) of the local whaling station, and his wife, Klara Olette. Solveig immediately sets a new record for the human birth recorded closest to the South Pole, and later has a valley named after her – the Jacobsen Valley in Antarctica.


Labour Relations: In Swords, County Dublin, Ireland, there are riots when striking workers try to prevent farmers from bringing their cattle to market.


Society and culture: At Treforest in South Wales, the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines opens with 17 mining diploma students, including 3 from China. Happy Centenary, University of Glamorgan!


Early flight: Harry Hawker, the Australian aviation pioneer, is seriously injured in a flying accident at  Brooklands in England.





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