7th November 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Neola, Iowa – Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, “secret sci-fi genius more than ready for a comeback” and possibly “the most important science-fiction writer you’ve never heard of” [the Guardian book blog].




In the USA, the “Fort Wayne News” reports that the Armenians in Turkish Armenia are “aiding the Russians in the campaign against Turkey” and besieging the Turkish town of Van.


8th March 1914 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Indianapolis, Indiana – Priscilla Shortridge: daughter of Elmer and Minnie; in due course a “statuesque brunette”; later Miss Miami Beach; and later still Mrs Lawson. Then she became Princess Aura, daughter of Ming the Merciless, before settling for “Mrs Curtis”. Only in Hollywood…


Women’s suffrage: International Women’s Day, a movement which has been growing for several years, takes place for the first time on 8th March, on which day it will, in future, settle. This year, the event in Germany (“Frauen-Tag”) is dedicated to women’s right to vote, which will not finally be won for another 4 years.



Spanish suffrage: Spain holds a General election. Well, sort of…