13th July, 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY:

~ In Leuk, Switzerland – Franz Xaver Baron von Werra, fighter pilot and flying ace shot down and captured over Britain. Incarcerated in a Canadian POW camp, and “generally regarded as the only Axis POW  to succeed in escaping from a Canadian prisoner of war camp and returning to Germany”.  He arrived back in Germany in 1941, via the US, Mexico, South America and Spain. [Wikipedia].

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

~ In Surrey, England – Squadron Leader Wilfrid Thomas Page, mentioned in despatches, June 1942, shot down and killed in the English Channel, November 1943.

http://www.bbm.org.uk/PageWT.htm

World Affairs:  From Sarajevo, the Austrian investigators of the Archduke’s assassination report that “there is nothing to prove or even to suppose that the Serbian government is accessory to the inducement for the crime, its preparations, or the furnishing of weapons. On the contrary, there are reasons to believe that this is altogether out of the question” [Fromkin – “Europe’s Last Summer – Why the World went to War in 1914].

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Europes-Last-Summer-World-Went-ebook/dp/B0031RS3G2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1403336625&sr=1-1&keywords=Fromkin

Crime: In the village of Camerata Cornello in Northern Italy,  56 year old Simone Pianetti shoots and kills seven people who have ruined his life and reputation, including the town clerk, the priest and the doctor. He escapes to the mountains, and is never brought to justice.

http://www.italianarea.it/opera.php?w=1367934962-15.JPG&artista=GICC&let=

Society and culture: In London, at the Kensington Registrar’s office, Novelist D.H.Lawrence marries Frieda Weekley (nee von Richthofen), the former wife of his erstwhile modern languages professor at University College, Nottingham.

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/dhlawrence/study-materials/biography/anewlife.aspx

~ In Milwaukee, Senators are busy investigating the causes of prostitution in Wisconsin (“Prostitutes testimony”),  and “committee staff questioned several madams and prostitutes about how they got into ‘the sporting life’ and what caused men and women to engage in it”

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1568

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