10th March 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: In Philadelphia, PA – naval ensign Edgar Bassett, member of a US aircraft carrier fighter squadron, shot down and killed (aged 28) in the Battle of Midway, 1942. Posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, including for his role in the Battle of the Coral Sea, a few days before the Battle of Midway.


Women’s suffrage: at the National (Art) Gallery in London, suffragette Mary Richardson vandalises (slashes with a meat cleaver)  Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus. Her chosen propaganda message is ‘You can get another picture but you cannot get a life, as they are killing Mrs Pankhurst’.


Crime and punishment: Also in Britain today, at Stafford, Josiah Davies, aged 58, is hanged for the crime of strangling Martha Hodgkins in Wolverhampton in November 1913.



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