12th December 1913 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Battersea, South London – David Gommon, British painter.

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

World Affairs: Menelik II, the Emperor of Ethiopia and “the first black African king in modern history to engage in slavery of white European (Italian) war captives held as slaves”, dies, aged 69 years.

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

Accidents and disasters: In Manly, Iowa – eight miles north of Mason City – a fire threatens to destroy the entire town before it is brought under control by firemen rushed in on a special train for Mason city.

http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/ia/fires/manly-fire1913.htm

Science and technology: In Chicago, Vol 3, issue 12 of the “Electric Vehicles Magazine” features on its cover the Ohio Electric Motor Car Company’s Brougham Model.

http://ctgpublishing.com/electric-vehicles-magazine-covers-1913-page-1/electric-vehicles-magazine-cover-1913-12-dec/

Infamous Crimes: In the second of three “Brides in the Bath murders”, George Smith’s new (second) wife, Alice Burnham, is found dead in her bath.

http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Brides-in-the-Bath-Murders/1400015481775/historicalcases

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