11th February 1914 (Wednesday)


~ in Preetz, Schleswig-Holstein, Imperial Germany – Hans Hermann Junge, Hitler’s Aide-de-Camp who joined the Waffen SS in July 1943 to regain “his sense of objectivity” after his time with Hitler.  He died in combat in August 1944, aged 30. “Hitler had liked Hans Junge and was so upset by his death that he broke the news to [Frau Junge] personally” [Wikipedia].


~ In Montreal, Canada – George Gordon Hyde, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot stationed in Britain from 1940, killed in a flying accident in May 1941, aged 27.


~ In Worcester, in the Western Cape, South Africa – G.L.F.Hartwig, Professor of Wood Technology at Stellenbosch University from 1950 to 1979.


World Affairs: Ivan Longinovich Goremykin replaces Vladimir Nikolaevich Kokovtsev as Prime Minister of Russia. After retiring from public life in 1916 he will be murdered by a mob in his home region in the Caucasus in 1917.


Society and culture: In Sikkim, the landlocked Himalayan state in British India, Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, 35 year old Oxford graduate, is recognised as the reincarnation of his uncle and becomes the ruling Maharaja. He dies (of jaundice and heart failure?) in suspicious circumstances in less than a year, to be succeeded by his brother.


Science and technology: In Istanbul, the Silahtarağa Power Station is powered up for the first time, bringing electric power to the city’s trams and lighting the Sultan’s Topkapi Palace.


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