22nd April 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in  Vogelthal near Oberpfalz in Bavaria – SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, “the most successful and famous tank commander of World War II”. He died in battle on 8th August 1944, after the D Day landings, aged 30. 


World Affairs: during its invasion and occupation of Veracruz in Mexico, the US opens its military roll of honour by awarding what will – in two days of fighting – become the highest ever number of Medals of Honour for a single US action.


Society and culture: In Southampton, on the south coast of England, a crowd of 100,000 people gather to witness the unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the engineers of the steam ship “Titanic” lost to an iceberg two years previously.





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