BORN TODAY: Air Marshal Sir Peter Guy Wykeham.
BORN TODAY: in London – Frank Pullen, entrepreneur, and Bryan Wynter, landscape painter.
War from the Air: A German Zeppelin bombs the City of London, killing 22 and injuring another 87.
BORN TODAY: in Milan – Maria Corti, Italian philologist, literary critic and novelist, “considered one of the leading literary scholars of post-World War II Italy”, despite that her “early academic career coincided with Italian Fascism and was curtailed by laws which prohibited women from holding university or liceo teaching positions”. [Wikipedia]
War from the Air: A German zeppelin air raid on east and south east London bombs residential areas, killing civilians, including women and children.
BORN TODAY: in the old clubhouse at Prince’s Golf Course, Sandwich Bay in Kent, England – Percy Belgrave “Laddie” Lucas, CBE, DSO and Bar, DFC. Stowe, Cambridge Golf Blue, Royal Air Force, brother-in-law of Mrs Douglas Bader, Conservative Member of Parliament, Sunday Express columnist and Walker Cup Captain. In short: so frightfully British you couldn’t make it up.
DIED TODAY: Europe’s first ever parachutist (in 1913), Adolphe Celestin Pegoud – shot down by his former student, Unteroffizier Kandulski.
BORN TODAY: Hauptmann Adolf Vogt of the German Wehrmacht, Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross .
An update from Cairo: Intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence writes home to his family: he has heard that the weather in Britain has been terrible; he sends a request for a book search for him at Blackwell’s bookshop; and, today being his mother’s birthday, he speculates that “For the next one there will probably be peace”.
BORN TODAY: in South River, New Jersey – Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz, NFL Hall of Famer.
Urban Life: in Exeter, England, the Exeter and Plymough Gazette reports that wagonner Arthur Brealy has been fined 7 shillings and sixpence for dangerous driving of his horse and waggon laden with hay (not keeping in to the left side), resulting in a collision with the post-office mail motor van.
War from the air: Six civilians die and twenty three are injured in a Zeppelin raid on the town of Woodbridge, near England’s east coast.
BORN TODAY: in Manchester – Michael Young (Baron Young of Dartington), English socialist, Labour Party propagandist, East-End sociologist, “social visionary and innovator”, consumer champion and co-founder of the University of the Third Age, and of “Grandparents Plus”.
War from the air: Sixteen civilians die in a zeppelin raid on Goole in East Yorkshire when the vessel’s Kapitänleutnant mistakenly believes he is targetting the city of Kingston upon Hull.