27th December 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Malta, Ohio – the Doty twin – Winston and Weston – child film stars of the silent era who both perished at a new year’s party on 1st January 1934 when “The New Year flood of 1934” swept through Montrose, California, killing around 40 people.

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

Shopkeepers’ woes: shopkeepers in the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight (England) are complaining of a “dull” Christmas and poor sales brought on by a shortage of money and the increasing popularity of shopping by post. Plus ca change…

http://www.rshg.org.uk/lookingbackarticle.asp?100yearsagoid=206

Romance: in New Zealand, Farmer George is in the summertime of love.

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/theme.aspx?irn=4496

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