BORN TODAY: In Uelzen, Germany – Günther Schwägermann – nazi Hauptsturmführer and adjutant to doctor Joseph Goebells.
Accidents and disasters: at the dockside on the Chicago River, the steamship “Eastland”, which is boarding passengers for a Western Electric works outing across Lake Michigan, rolls over and capsizes. 844 passengers and crew are drowned, over 200 of them Czech immigrants.
In the Middle East: In Turkish Mesopotamia (now Iraq) British forces take the town of Nasiriya from the Turks, and begin to prepare plans for an advance northward to Baghdad. [Roger Ford: “Eden to Armageddon; World War 1 in the Middle East”]