28th April 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Stoke, near Plymouth, in England’s west country – Mary (Molly) Isolen Fergusson OBE, a British engineer and the first female member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers, elected in 1957, aged 43.


Accidents & disasters: At Eccles, in West Virginia, a methane explosion rips through Eccles No 5 mine, killing at least 180 men.


Women’s suffrage: In Felixstowe, on England’s east coast, the Bath Hotel burns down as a result of an arson attack by suffragettes Hilda Birkett and Florence Tunks, for which offence they will both receive prison sentences on 29th May.





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