16th June 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Berwick-upon Tweed, near the English/Scottish border – Austen Young, ear, nose and throat specialist, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and “inveterate golfer”.

http://livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk/biogs/E000513b.htm

World Affairs: In Mandalay, Burma – Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian Nationalist (“The Father of Indian Unrest”) is released from prison after serving a six year sentence, including transportation from his home state of Maharashtra, imposed by the British authorities for sedition.

http://indiansaga.com/history/non_cooperation.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal_Gangadhar_Tilak

Society and Culture: “Teddy” Roosevelt, big game hunter, explorer and ex-US President, visits the Natural History Museum in London, England.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/science-facilities/library/archives/

Music and entertainment: Thirteen year old Louis Daniel Armstrong is released from Reform School after serving a sentence of nearly 18 months for a fire-arms offence on New Year’s Eve, 1912. While in Reform School he has learned to play cornet and bugle in the school band.

http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Louis%20Armstrong.html

 

12th February, 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Fort Worth, Texas – Gordon Lee (“Tex”) Beneke, saxophonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra

http://www.nndb.com/people/353/000206732/

Women’s suffrage: In Northfield, Birmingham, England, the local lending library burns to the ground during the night. A paper is found on the railings to the rear of the library proclaiming, Give Women the Vote together with a brown paper parcel containing a book by Christabel Pankhurst on which is written, “to start your new library”.

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=Lib-Northfield%2FPageLayout&cid=1223092591599&pagename=BCC%2FCommon%2FWrapper%2FInlineWrapper

10th December 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in London, the youngest child of Charles Rothschild – Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter, “jazz patroness and writer, leading patron of bebop, and scion of the prominent Rothschild international financial dynasty” [Wikipedia].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannonica_de_Koenigswarter

Food and agriculture: in New Zealand, farmer and diarist George Adkin is celebrating the best price he has ever received for the sale of his lambs – at 15 shillings a head.

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/theme.aspx?irn=4479

Crime:

~ in the north of England, George Ball, a worker at a tarpaulin factory, beats his employer/ manager, Christina Bradfield to death with a blunt instrument, sews her into a sack and throws her in the local canal, where her body is later found when the sack fouls the canal gates. (Ball is hung for his crime in February 1914).

http://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/ball-george.htm

~ in Florence, an Italian called “Leonardo Vincenzo” (real name Vincenzo Peruggia) visits the offices of an art dealer to demand half a million lire for the return of the “Mona Lisa” painting, which was stolen in Paris 1911. The following day Mr Peruggia is arrested and the painting is finally recovered in a suitcase with a false bottom. He claims his main motive is to return the painting to Italy after Napoleon had stolen it for the French.

http://history1900s.about.com/od/famouscrimesscandals/a/monalisa_3.htm