21st April 1914 (Tuesday)


~ In Iowa – Howard Dimsdale, screenwriter whose work included “Planet of the Apes”


~ and in Capilla Del Senor, Buenos Aires Province,  Carlos Garcia, pianist, bandleader and composer.


World Affairs: The USA invades Mexico.


Arms Race: The good people of Exeter, in the West of England, are entertained with a cinema documentary on the life of the British soldier. Quote: “So long is the film that the first half is being screened for the first three; days, the latter part being shown for the remainder of the week”. [Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 21st April 1914].


Society and culture: Twenty two year old Alfred Edgar Stokes, the youngest of eleven children of Essex blacksmith Thomas Stokes, signs up for 12 years with Britain’s Royal Navy – “killed in action when H.M.S. Hogue was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-9. on 22nd September 1914 in the North Sea along with her sister ships H.M.S. Aboukir and H.M.S. Cressy”.


Twenty year old Henry Albert Wishart, the fourth son of Walter Wishart an engineering works storekeeper in Newcastle, is promoted in his position in the Royal Navy and assigned to HMS Black Prince.  “Along with Henry, 37 officers, 814 other men and 5 civilians were killed” when the ship was “fired on at short range by [a] German battleship” in June 1916.




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