30th November 1913 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: In Sydenham, Kent, England – David Curwen, a man whose love of all things mechanical has brought pleasure to generations of children* (and their parents) in parks and gardens in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, and which continues to do so a century after his birth. He died in May 2011, aged 97,  having brought sunshine to many. May he rest in peace.

* including mine



29th November 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY:   – The International Fencing Federation (FIE), recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body of fencing.



28th November 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Sheffield, England – Eveline, daughter of Harry and Eveline Simpson. Eveline junior was “born 28th November 1913 and died a few months later”.

Not long enough even to make a small mark in the sands of time… except perhaps through the love of others.


27th November 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in New York City – Walter Benjamin Garland, Brooklyn college mathematics student, communist party and National Negro Congress activist, volunteer fighter with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. US Army volunteer in World War 2 whose request to serve overseas was denied. Post war activist against discrimination and police brutality, co-founder of the United Negro Allied Veterans Association.


Crime and punishment: At Pentonville Prison, in London, England – Frederick Robertson is hanged by the neck for the double murder of his relatives – Nellie and Beatrice Robertson.


Transport and gallantry: In the village of Liss in Hampshire, England, Percy Norwood sustains serious head injuries while rescuing blacksmith Harry Rasell from the path of an oncoming train. Harry’s pony had bolted, crashing into the crossing gates and throwing him onto the rails ahead of the train.


Thanksgiving: In the US State of New Mexico, Governor William C McDonald proclaims this Thursday, the fourth Thursday in  November, as a day of thanksgiving:  “I urge upon all that this day be observed as one of prayer and praise to God for the many blessings enjoyed by our people. At the same time may we not forget the poor and needy, making the day what its name implies for all”.


Journalism, society and culture: The National Geographic magazine publishes an article with ethnographic plates entitled “The Non-Christian Peoples of the Philippine Islands”.


26th November 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Epsom, Surrey, England – Rosebery Public Park – a gift to the people from Lord Rosebery, a former British Prime Minister. “Fishing is not permitted on either pond”. 


Arms Race: At the Devonport dockyard in England, the British Royal Navy launches HMS Warspite, a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship, the seventh warship of the Royal Navy to carry the name.


25th November 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: at the Rotunda Rink in Dublin, Ireland – The Irish Volunteers , a Nationalist force supporting Home Rule.



Society and culture: At the White House, in Washington, Jessie Woodrow Wilson, daughter of the President, marries Francis Bowes Sayr, Sr, a Harvard Law School graduate, in the 13th White House wedding ceremony.


24th November 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Greystones, County Wicklow, in British Ireland (now the Republic of Ireland) – Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish theatre actress (Dublin, 1932) and London film actress (Twickenham, 1934-1937), Broadway theatre actress (1938) and award winning Hollywood star by 1939.


Early Flight: In San Diego, California – two young US army officers die when their airship crashes to the ground from a height of 80 feet.


Sales and marketing: In Ithaca, New York, the Modern Method Laundry is experimenting with some modern advertising:  “If we were not pretty good, we would not be as large” (Eat your heart out, Madison Avenue).


Society and Culture: At Blundells school in the West of England, 18 year old Lionel Harding from Westward Ho! in North Devon applies to join the Woolwich Military Academy.  In a little over 18 months from now, he will be posted to France (15th June, 1915), injured multiple times the following day and die two days later from  his injuries, never to reach 20 years old.