29th November 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Kingston, Jamaica – Coleridge George Emerson Goode, British jazz bassist.




Western Front: Across the English Channel/ French La Manche, the SS Brighton (IV) carries King George V from Newhaven on England’s south coast to Dieppe in France for his first visit to troops at the front. As a souvenir of the occasion the ships’ captain is presented with a gold tie pin from the King.


17th June 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Tientsin, China – to missionary parents – John Hersey, journalist, author, lecturer and professor.


Society and Culture:

~ Mary Dorothy Lyndon of Athens, Georgia, becomes the first woman ever to be awarded a degree by the Univeristy of Georgia.


~ In London, 26 year old Marcus Mosiah Garvey boards the steamship “Trent” to return home to Jamaica after two years studying law and philosophy at London’s Birkbeck College, and working for the “African Times and Orient Review.”  [Wikipedia}   ” I read ‘Up From Slavery’ and then my doom – if I may so call it – of being a race leader dawned on me”. [Barbados Underground].



Sport: In England, the Western Times newspaper reports that the Exeter City football (soccer) team have played their first match (a few days ago) in a tour of South America, against a team representing North Argentina. The final score is reported at 1-0, but the cablegram received is unclear about which team was victorious.

“The cablegram received by Mr. Sid Thomas, the Secretary of the club yesterday, gives the score 1-0. According to the usual rule of the home teams score coming first, North Argentina won. On the other hand it is argued that the message means that the City were victorious. Supporters will have to possess themselves in patience.” [Western Times – Wednesday 17 June 1914]




8th January, 1914 (Thursday)


~ In Dayton, Ohio – Thomas Watson Jr, son of the founder of IBM, the second President of IBM from 1952 (aged 38)  to 1971 (aged 57); 11th National President of the Boy Scouts of America (1964-68) and 16th US Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1979-81). [Wikipedia].

~ location unknown – Vida Christobel Miles, later sister Stephen Maria Miles, Franciscan Missionary sister who died in Jamaica on 3rd October 2013, aged 99 years.



A murder unsolved: The body of 5 year old Willie Starchfield is discovered under a railway seat on a train in North London.


10th November 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY (perhaps) – in London, England – Arthur Ernest Mullord (aka Arthur Mullard) – butcher’s lad, soldier, champion regimental boxer, professional boxer, stuntman, comedy cockney and pop singer.


Labour Relations: George Adkin, the New Zealand farmer currently acting as a mounted special constable in the “Great Strike”, records in his diary his disappointment at a missed opportunity for action:

“…at midday “F” Squadron was ordered up to Post Office Square to clear away a mob of strikers who were molesting the foot “specials”.  When we arrived strike pickets had got the men quiet so we lost chance of a good bit of sport – hard luck!  [Museum of New Zealand].


Extreme Weather: in the famous “White Hurricane” of 1913, Cleveland Ohio is shut down by a (still standing) record of 22 inches of snow,  with 18 inches  falling in just the 24-hour period between noon on Nov. 10th and noon on Nov. 11th.


Migration: The “West Australian” newspaper records the arrival at Freemantle of another 1000 immigrants on board the SS Zealandic.

“All kinds of people, practising all kinds of trades [arrived]…If one excepted the universal appearance of ruddy health, perhaps the most striking thing about the immigrants was the strong and serviceable nature of the clothing which they wore. Among these.newcomers was no suggestion of poverty. All were well,though somewhat heavily, clad. Many of  the costumes, however, were quite unsuited to a hot Australian summer. Some of the men were wearing hard-looking leather leggings and boots with soles half an inch thick.”


Society and culture: John Richard Archer, born in Liverpool of Jamaican parents, becomes England’s first ever black mayor, elected to to lead the London Borough of Battersea.


Railway accidents: 53 are injured but without fatalities in a sidelong collision  (?) and derailment in North London.


19th June 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: at Stanway, Gloucestershire, UK  – Ann Charteris, grand daughter of the 9th Earl of Wemyss. Wife sequentially to Shane Edward Robert  (“Third Baron”) O’Neill; Viscount Rothermere (owner of the Daily Mail) and Ian Fleming, stockbroker turned James Bond novelist, with whom she lived at his Jamaican retreat “Goldeneye”. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WNfleming.htm

World Affairs: In the aftermath of the Turco-Italian War (which closed with the Treaty of Lausanne in 1912) Italian forces overcome a large Sanussi (arab) force in Ettangi, Tripolitania (Libya).

Society and culture: The South African Parliament prohibits the ownership by black citizens of land designated for whites.

Labour Relations: In Birmingham, UK –  “The Rest House” to commemorate the Silver Wedding Anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury is donated by employees of the company. The design is taken from the medieval butter market in Dunster, Somerset.

Inside, an inscription reads: ‘This Rest House was erected to commemorate the Silver Wedding of Mr & Mrs George Cadbury by the employees of Cadbury Brothers Ltd at Bournville and in all parts of the world. A lasting memorial of esteem and affection as an expression of gratitude for the unceasing interest in their welfare and in admiration of manifold services to the world at large.’  Today, the building houses the Carillon Visitor Centre and a gift shop and is used as the logo for Bournville Village Trust”.  http://www.culture24.org.uk/places%20to%20go/west%20midlands/birmingham/tra22960

A whiff of financial scandal: After an investigation into corruption involving the government ministers and the private communications company, Marconi, the British Parliament votes by a majority of 346-268 to acquit the Chancellor of the Exchequer (ie Minister of Finance) and the Attorney General on charges of malfeasance.

Transport accidents: Thirteen people die in a rail collision in California.

Off Sable Island, 300kilometres south east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Captain John Andrew Doggett from Portland, Maine and five members of his crew, including one of his two sons on board, perish when their fishing boat is rammed in thick fog by a steam passenger liner en route from Liverpool. Eight crew members are rescued, including the Captain’s second son.