10th December 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in London, the youngest child of Charles Rothschild – Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, “jazz patroness and writer, leading patron of bebop, and scion of the prominent Rothschild international financial dynasty” [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannonica_de_Koenigswarter

Food and agriculture: in New Zealand, farmer and diarist George Adkin is celebrating the best price he has ever received for the sale of his lambs – at 15 shillings a head.

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/theme.aspx?irn=4479

Crime:

~ in the north of England, George Ball, a worker at a tarpaulin factory, beats his employer/ manager, Christina Bradfield to death with a blunt instrument, sews her into a sack and throws her in the local canal, where her body is later found when the sack fouls the canal gates. (Ball is hung for his crime in February 1914).

http://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/ball-george.htm

~ in Florence, an Italian called “Leonardo Vincenzo” (real name Vincenzo Peruggia) visits the offices of an art dealer to demand half a million lire for the return of the “Mona Lisa” painting, which was stolen in Paris 1911. The following day Mr Peruggia is arrested and the painting is finally recovered in a suitcase with a false bottom. He claims his main motive is to return the painting to Italy after Napoleon had stolen it for the French.

http://history1900s.about.com/od/famouscrimesscandals/a/monalisa_3.htm

 

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