BORN TODAY: in the coastal town of Mondovi in French North Africa (now Drean in Algeria), Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winner author, journalist and philosopher. “No [he said] I am not an existentialist”, but english school masters obviously weren’t paying attention at the time…
DIED TODAY: in Broadstone, in Dorset, England – Alfred Russel Wallace [born in January 1823] who narrowly missed immortality when Darwin successfully appropriated the theory of evolution (survival of the fittest, perhaps?) but is enjoying a second coming now, courtesy of facebook and the blogosphere. A bronze statue is also a “work-in-progress”, in opposition to “the Art Establishment – with their heads full of conceptual installations, dead cows and dirty bed sheets” [Wallace Statue Campaign].
Labour Relations: In New Zealand, George Adkin, by occupation a farmer with foxgloves on his mind, is drafted in to help with strike-breaking in the “Great Strike”, and faithfully records events in his normally bucolic diary:
Wet night. Squadrons left for wharves at 8.30. Our troop took up position in Featherston St, opposite the Railway Department Buildings. No crowd to-day – so rang Mackay’s for book (the Rly Depart also gave us magazines) + put in time reading. For dinner went to one of Harbour Board’s sheds – while waiting the driver of a striker’s wagon drove right through our formation scattering horses – the man was arrested. Dinner consisted of tea + bread + cheese. [Museum of New Zealand – George Leslie Adkin’s diary].
Extreme Weather: In North America, the Great Lakes is experiencing its worst ever recorded weather “The Great Storm”, with 19 ships lost and 238 sailors drowned.