18th December 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Liberty Hill, Texas – Connie Curtis (“Pee Wee”) Crayton, blues guitarist and singer.



In the Middle East: In Cairo, which is still nominally a Turkish Province, but increasingly being filled with Australian soldiers (whose behaviour is shocking the muslim community), the British authorities declare Egypt a “protectorate”, in preparation for an expected Turkish attack across the Suez Canal.




Crime: – in Islington, London, “Brides in the Bath” murderer George Joseph Smith (alias Oliver George Love, Charles Oliver James, Henry Williams and John Lloyd) “finds” his third wife dead in the bath just a few hours after she has made a will in his favour.



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