6th February 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: In Cairo, Ontario, Canada – trooper Aubern Leonard Smith, World War 2 veteran who died in 1947, aged 32.


Transportation:  The White Star transatlantic liner RMS “Oceanic” is “hit by a huge wave on her way to New York, which results in passengers in deck chairs on her promenade deck being swept towards the stern in 4 feet of water. The wave also smashes 3 deck house windows and a stateroom window, as well as causing some other minor damage to the ship. Fortunately, no one [is] seriously hurt”. 


Exploration: H F Wright and J Robertson become the first two climbers ever to reach the West Peak of Mount Earnslaw Pikiakatahi on New Zealand’s South Island.



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