1st May 1915 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: In England, Laura Maud Dillon: President of the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club, graduate of St Anne’s (women’s) College, Oxford; later Laurence Michael Dillon, a Medical student at Trinity College Dublin, and officially a graduate of Brasenose (men’s) College, Oxford, after a difficult gender journey including a double masectomy and the world’s first transgender phalloplasty. (In 1946) the author of Self: A Study in Endocrinology and Ethics; and later still a Buddhist monk in Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, after a scandal caused by Debretts Peerage and Burke’s Peerage listing him inconsistently in gender terms. [Wikipedia]

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

Society and Culture: the RMS [Royal Mail Steamship] Lusitania, nicknamed the “Greyhound of the Seas”, leaves New York bound for for Liverpool, carrying  1,266 passengers and 696 crew, a total of nearly 2000 souls.

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

War!

The (Italian) Home Front – Sidney Costantino Sonnino, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, calls on the Italian cabinet to repudiate the Triple Alliance (with Germany and Austria-Hungary) so that Italy can negotiate an agreement (secretly, already agreed) with the Triple Entente (France, Russia and Britain). [ Mark Thompson: “The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front, 1915-1919”].

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