19th March, 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Hamilton County, Florida – Berne Davis, “Fort Myers Arts Matron”. Happy Centenary Ma’am!

http://www.news-press.com/article/20140316/ENT/303160043/Berne-Davis-Centennial-Fort-Myers-arts-matron-celebrates-100th-birthday

World Affairs and global finance: The Anglo-Persian and Royal Dutch Shell oil companies sign an agreement with the Armenian millionaire Calouste Gulbenkian (“Mr five per cent”) who is a major shareholder in the Turkish National Bank (British controlled), in an attempt to secure exclusive oil rights in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).

https://www.e-education.psu.edu/egee120/node/248

Death in Venice:  a ferry boat (vaporetto) carrying around 50 passengers collides with a naval ship because the crew are busy watching the new marvels of a seaplane circling overhead. 14 die in the accident.

http://www.independenttraveler.com/trip-reviews/death-in-venice

Food and agriculture: New Zealand farmer and diarist George Adkin spends a busy day with his raddle.

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/4578

Extreme weather:  Torrential rain hits north London, causing sewers to overflow. Rainwater floods down Highbury Hill pushing mud against the west terrace boundary wall of the Arsenal football club, opened just six months ago. The wall is unable to take the pressure and begins listing in towards the terracing.

http://www.blog.woolwicharsenal.co.uk/archives/5828

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