5th April 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Warialda, New South Wales – Aubrey “Aub” Lawson, Australian and international speedway cyclist.


Women’s suffrage: In London, a bomb explodes inside the church of St Martin’s-in-the-fields, in Trafalgar Square. The suffragettes are suspected of committing the crime. Fortunately, despite the bomber’s choice of Sunday, no-one is hurt.


Arts and Literature: In Tahiti, where he has been indulging in part of a “gap year” before taking up a fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge, poet Rupert Brooke boards ship to return to England. In August he will defer his fellowship once more, with the comment “Well, if Armageddon is on, I suppose one should be there”.


Shipwrecks: the British cargo ship, SS Croydon, runs aground in Barbuda in the West Indes.