17th October 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Georg Buchner, German playwright.


~ In Trinidad, British West Indies, Violet Ethelred Krauth, daughter of a German chocolate manufacturer; better known as Marian Marsh, Hollywood actress.


~ In Magdeburg, Germany – Harald Bosuner, Kapitanleutnant and commander of U-boat 1223.


Early flight: the German Zeppelin airship L-2 explodes in mid-air, 600 feet over the city of Johannisthal (now part of Berlin) killing all 28 passengers and crew on board.



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