19th July 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Charleroi, Belgium – René Pedroli, Swiss professional road bicycle racer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Pedroli

World Affairs: In Vienna, the Austro-Hungarian council of ministers approves the final draft of the ultimatum to Serbia, but delays sending it because the French President is currently on a state visit to its ally, Russia.

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/timeline/ww1-events-1914.htm

Migration: In Vancouver harbour, Indian migrants who have been detained on the SS Komataga and denied permission to disemabark for nearly two months take control of the engine room to prevent the vessel from leaving.  A battle ensues when armed police arrive on a tugboat and turn the hoses on the migrant ship.

http://pasttensevancouver.tumblr.com/post/23627708172/komagatamaru1914

Extreme Weather: Istanbul is hit by a freak tornado which causes loss of life, destruction of property and crops and is followed by lightning strikes with more casualties including the death of a group sheltering under a tree.

http://ataturkilkeleri.istanbul.edu.tr/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Onder_Kocaturk-The_Great_Storm_and_Tornado_Incident_in_Istanbul.pdf

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