29th May 1913 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Baku in the Russian Empire (now Azerbaijan) – Hokuma Gurbanova, Azeri actress and the USSR’s “Peoples’ Artist” for 1965. Also awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour (1949); The Order of Lenin (1959); and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1973).

Also – in Nagyberezna, Austria-Hungary (later Veliky Bereznij in Russia, then Ukraine)  – Ivan Rohach, Ukrainian journalist, poet and writer. Personal secretary to the (nominal) Prime Minister of Carpatho-Ukraine (the Republic of Rusyn) which existed for 1 day – 15th March 1939, before being occupied by Hungary.

Society and Culture: In Paris, the Premiere of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” witnesses probably the most famous riot in musical history.

At Haggar’s Theatre, in Llanelly, Wales – Vulcana (born Kate Williams, daughter of a local preacher, now aged 38) beats rival strong woman Athelda in a competition to lift a challenge bell. With her partner, “Atlas”, she has been appearing as a stage act in London since 1892, having started at the age of 17.

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