3rd July 1915 (Saturday)

War!

On the American home front: German-American Erich Muenter, also known as Erich Holt or  Frank Holt, plants a bomb on board the SS Minnehaha in New York, a ship loaded with munitions bound for Britain, before attempting (unsuccessfully) to assassinate financier  J.P.Morgan Jr who has arranged for Britain to borrow large amounts in the US to finance its war effort against Germany.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Muenter

http://www.nndb.com/people/934/000171421/

26th October 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Los Angeles – Uncle Fester.

http://www.historyorb.com/people/jackie-coogan

War!

In Africa: in German Kamerun (now independent Cameroon), British and French forces successfully eject the German garrison from the town of Edea in the “first battle of Edea”.

wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Edea

Crime and punishment: In Sarajevo, the group who plotted successfully to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June are found guilty. Those over the age of 20 are sentenced to death, and the younger perpetrators, including the actual assassin, Gavrilo Princip, are given twenty year sentences. [Burg and Purcell]

 Peace

Fashion: In London, the Guardian newspaper reports on the impact of the war on high fashion:

“One is decidedly struck with the tendency to adopt – or rather adapt – several military styles of coats and capes. The cavalier cape of the summer has become more ample and closely fitting round the throat, while the loose military coat, slightly double-breasted and buttoning close to the neck, with a band collar or edging of narrow fur, is both extremely becoming and useful. These are usually made of a heavy face-cloth or velour, and must, of course, be lined with a silk of contrasting colour. An adaptation of the Russian soldier coat is another favourite. This is cut on somewhat straighter lines than the former and has a sash or girdle of heavy cord and tassel round the waist, tied loosely to the front or side.” [The Guardian, 26th October 1914].

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2013/oct/23/first-world-war-military-fashion-1914

Leisure: In New Zealand, farmer George is studying the geology of the USA in his free time.

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/4800