BORN TODAY: in London – Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet, MBE, TD, english businessman who married Margaret Doris Kempson, a businessman’s daughter, in 1941, and later (1951) Margaret Hilda Roberts, a grocer’s daughter and chemist he had met at a social function of the Paint Trades Ferderation in 1949. Already a millionaire, he finances his new bride’s training as a barrister, and buys a house in Chelsea. [Wikipedia]. The rest, as they say, is history…
Peace: In Washington, President Wilson, responding to journalists after the sinking of the Lusitania with its American passngers, sets out the US position [quoted in Burg & Purcell]:
“Americans must have a consciousness different from the consiciousness of every other nation in the world. The example of America must be the example not merely of peace because peace is the healing and elevating influence of the world and strife is not… There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right”.
Eastern Front: In the decisive battle of Gorlice-Tarnow in Austria-Hungary (now in Poland) the Russian Third Army collapses, with the Austrians and Germans having captured 140,000 men and 100 guns. The Austrians force their way across the river San at Sanok, and begin to advance towards the fortress of Przemysl.
War from the air: At 45 Ashburnham road, Southend, on England’s south east coast, Mr and Mrs May escape with their baby after a German Zeppelin drops a bomb into their back bedroom. Sixty year old Mrs Whitwell, at 120 North Road, is less fortunate.