23rd February 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Ballinderry Bridge, Cookstown, Ireland – John McGuckin, apprentice tailor who served as an able seaman and died while serving on HMS Jupiter, which struck a mine and sank during the Battle of the Java Sea 4 days after his twenty eight birthday, in 1942.


Arms Race: At the Pembroke dockyard in Wales, Britain’s Royal Navy launches HMS Cordelia, a light cruiser.


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