3rd October 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Hoài Đức District in French Indochina (now Vietnam) – General Lê Trọng Tấn, Deputy Commander of the Viet Cong, Director of the National Academy of Defence and Deputy Minister of Defence. “One of the finest commanders of the Vietnam People’s Army”. [Wikipedia].



Siege: Winston Churchill visits the beleagured city of Antwerp and persuades King Albert of Belgium not to withdraw his forces in response to the German siege.

[Burg and Purcell].

The human cost: In Britain, the “Spectator” magazine speculates on the number of german casualties in the war so far:

“It is difficult,,, to put their losses in killed, wounded, prisoners, and missing much below four hundred thousand, and they are probably heavier. To this stupendous figure must be added the losses on the Russian frontiers. We need not say that we take no delight in this -appalling “butcher’s bill”—to use the Duke of Wellington’s phrase. It is difficult to see how a war waged on this scale can be a long war—and yet history shows that mere losses have seldom brought wars to an end.”



War at Sea: Off the Belgian coast, the British cargo vessel Dawdon strikes a mine and sinks with the loss of her crew of ten men.



27th April 1914 (Monday)


~ in Florence, South Carolina – USAF Lieutenant General Joseph Harold Moore, who led “Operation Rolling Thunder”, the three and a half year US mission to bomb North Vietnam into submission, thereby compelling Hanoi to end its aggression against South Vietnam.



~ (today? or possibly earlier?)  In Tunapuna, Trinidad – Winifred Atwell, boogie-woogie and ragtime pianist.


World Affairs: Sir Henry McMahon, working on behalf of his British masters at the Shimla  border-treaty conference in British India, finalises the border demarcation treat between india and Tibet, which to this day is known as the “McMahon Line”.


Railway accidents: in South Kortright, Delaware County, New York State, Mrs. Rebecca White, the proprietor of the South Kortright Inn, is killed when she steps in front of an Ulster and Delaware coal train at a local crossing.


Society and culture: New Zealand farmer and diarist, George Adkin, is busy with the mundane business of life: skinning dead sheep and making plans to furnish his new marriage home.


26th March, 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Saxon, South Carolina – William Childs (“Westy”) Westmoreland, four star general who commanded US military operations in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.


Shipwrecks: In Brisbane, Australia, the steamship St Paul, carrying chromium ore from New Caledonia which was ultimately bound for Europe, strikes Smith’s Rock and sinks within minutes with a loss of 18 lives, including the Captain’s.