31st May 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: In Thuringia, Germany – Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, ” the most colourful grottoes in the world” [Guinness Book of Records, as quoted on Wikipedia], lit by the wonders of electricity.

http://www.thuringia-tourism.com/travel-hotel-holiday-tour/erlebnisbergwerk-saalfelder-feengrotten-104563.html

Science and technology: In Turin, Italy, the Associazione Chimica Industriale convenes a conference which atttracts the Prime Minister as well as leading industrial chemists.Gunpowder is high on the agenda.

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/1-4020-5490-4_5#page-2

Sport: In St Petersburg, Imperial Russia, German driver Willy Scholl wins the second Russian Grand Prix. The next (that is, third) Russian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place in October 2014 in Sochi, which is just about as far from St Petersburg as you can go in European Russia (roughly 2300 kilometres).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Grand_Prix

http://www.mapsofworld.com/russia/distance-calculator/saint-petersburg-to-sochi.html

 

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