10th March 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY, in Hyderabad, India – Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Kenyon Burnett GCB DFC AFC high flying high flyer who was later Chairman of the All England [Wimbledon] Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. He died in 2011, aged 98.

Arms Race: Pluton, a French minelayer is launched in Nantes. Within 18 months she will be laying mines in the english channel/ la manche before being re-assigned to duties off Syria and in the Dardanelles by 1915.

Society and Culture. Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross in or around 1820) dies of pneumonia. Ex-slave, anti-slavery campaigner, union spy during the American civil war and later a supporter of the suffragettes, she is buried with full military honours at Fort HIll cemetery, in Auburn, Alabama.

Transportation: Stockport (now part of Greater Manchester) in the UK, introduces its first (3) electrified trollybuses, less than two years after they first appear in England (in Leeds and Bradford, in June 1911).

In the Caribbean, Liuetenant J H Towers arrives in Guantanamo Bay having set a new record of 46 minutes from Santiago de Cuba in a Curtiss Flying Boat.

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4th February 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY, in ¬†Tuskegee, Alabama – Rosa Parks (nee McCauley),¬†“the first lady of civil rights” and catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-56. Died in Michigan in 2005, aged 92.

World Affairs: The President of El Salvador is fatally wounded by assassins – three machete wielding farmers whose motives are never really invesitgated before they are all executed.

According to press reports today, a Russian aeroplane equipped with a searchlight has been seen over Lemberg (in Austro-Hungary, but soon to be taken by Russia) and at Tarnopol in Galicia (soon to be regularly swapped between the German, Austrian and Russian empires).

Transport: Louis Perlman patents a new type of wheel rim for automobile tyres.

Sport: The Philippines national football team enjoys some early success at the Far Eastern Chamionship Games, held today in the Carnival Grounds (now the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex) in Malate, Manila, beating China 2-1.