12th December 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Haworth, Yorkshire, England – Frank Roper, sculptor and stained-glass artist.

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

War!

The Commercial Instinct: In Britain, the “Daily Mirror” newspaper is advertising “War Souvenir Xmas Presents” – in solid silver… “beautifully enamelled, correct colours, complete in souvenir cases and post free” – for sending to loved ones at the front.

http://www.worldwar1postcards.com/christmas-postcards.php

Global Finance: In New York, the stock market re-opens for trading in equities after a closure of over four months, but later claims that it experiences its biggest ever one day fall in the Dow Jones Index today are incorrect – and are based on a later, 1916, retrospective, definition of the shares listed in the index in 1914. The index of 12 stocks actually rises today, by 4.4% – Lies, damned lies and statistics…

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/26/business/setting-the-record-straight-on-the-dow-drop.html

Peace: 

Women’s Suffrage: The Committee of the British Physiological Society passes a new rule “that
women be eligible for membership of the Society and have the same rights, duties and privileges as men.” [Physiological Society web-site]

http://www.physoc.org/sites/default/files/page/Info_Sheet_Amittance_of_women.pdf

 

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