8th May 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Christchurch, New Zealand – Gaven John Donne, Knight of the British Empire, Kiwi barrister; Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of Samoa; Chief Justice of the Cook Islands and Niue; Queen’s representative to the Cook Islands; Chief Justice of Nauru and Tuvalu. “One of the longest serving judges in the Southern Hempisphere” [Wikipedia].


Society and culture: the US Congress passes legislation setting the second Sunday in May as “Mother’s Day” in the USA.


Science and technology: The “Wine and Spirit Trade Record” journal publishes an article “The evolution of a cork”, which includes photographs of english cork-cutters practising the dying art of hand-cut corks, increasingly replaced since the mid nineteenth century by more efficient mechanised solutions.