BORN TODAY: – On Piccadilly Circus, London – the Regent Palace Hotel – with 1,028 rooms, the largest hotel in Europe.
On the (British) Home Front: Three die after Southend, a town to the east of London, is bombed by Zeppelin LZ-38.
On the (German) Home Front: The French airforce bomb the German chlorine gas and acid factory at Ludwigshafen releasing clouds of gas over parts of the city of Mannheim. [Burg & Purcell].
On the (Russian) Home Front: In Moscow, the start of three days of rioting targeting ethnic germans, and foreigners more generally, brings Russia’s second city to “a chaotic orgy of looting, arson, destruction, and violence that observers saw as akin to civil war or revolution. Approximately eight were killed and 40 seriously injured by the rioters [before] the troops finally intervened on 29 May.”