27th December 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Malta, Ohio – the Doty twin – Winston and Weston – child film stars of the silent era who both perished at a new year’s party on 1st January 1934 when “The New Year flood of 1934” swept through Montrose, California, killing around 40 people.


Shopkeepers’ woes: shopkeepers in the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight (England) are complaining of a “dull” Christmas and poor sales brought on by a shortage of money and the increasing popularity of shopping by post. Plus ca change…


Romance: in New Zealand, Farmer George is in the summertime of love.


24th November 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Greystones, County Wicklow, in British Ireland (now the Republic of Ireland) – Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish theatre actress (Dublin, 1932) and London film actress (Twickenham, 1934-1937), Broadway theatre actress (1938) and award winning Hollywood star by 1939.


Early Flight: In San Diego, California – two young US army officers die when their airship crashes to the ground from a height of 80 feet.


Sales and marketing: In Ithaca, New York, the Modern Method Laundry is experimenting with some modern advertising:  “If we were not pretty good, we would not be as large” (Eat your heart out, Madison Avenue).


Society and Culture: At Blundells school in the West of England, 18 year old Lionel Harding from Westward Ho! in North Devon applies to join the Woolwich Military Academy.  In a little over 18 months from now, he will be posted to France (15th June, 1915), injured multiple times the following day and die two days later from  his injuries, never to reach 20 years old.