24th July 1914 (Friday)

BORN  TODAY: in Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA, the son of Lithuanian/ Austrian immigrants, – Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish, Canadian businessman, philanthropist and theatre impresario.


Labour Relations: In Saint John, New Brunswick, striking street (trolley) car workers supported by 10,000 sympathisers rampage and riot on the city’s streets.


Arts and Literature: In Cornwall, in England’s West Country, Forence Munnings (nee Carter-Wood) aged 26, the muse and wife of the artist Alfred Munnings, takes her own life by cyanide poisoning.



4th June, 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Salt Lake City, Utah – George Shephard “Shep” Houghton. Hollywood actor from 1927 to 1975 and the oldest surviving cast member of “Gone With the Wind”. Happy Centenary, Sir!



Philanthropy: Scottish-American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie visits Coventry, in central England, where he is granted the Freedom of the City after financing the building of three public libraries in the area (part of the 380 he provides in Britain, and a total of 3000 worldwide).



6th March 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Edinburgh – the Usher Hall, a concert hall for the people of Scotland’s capital city, funded by the generosity of the famous eponymous brewing family. Happy Centenary!



27th April 1913 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY, in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Julio Jorge Nelson (real name – Isaac Rosofsky), poet and broadcaster.

Society and culture: Dr Albert Schweitzer opens for business, treating patients at his new hospital in a remote part of Gabon.

James Armstrong, aged 39, a miner at Bebside colliery in County Durham, UK, dies from injuries sustained earlier in the month when a piece fo stone fell from the roof on to his back.

In Malta, the 24th International Eucharistic Congress comes to an end. It will be the last of its kind.

16th April 1913 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY,  at 2 Harris Cottages, Widford, Nr Chelmsford, Essex, UK – Hilda Rayner, daughter of Edgar (born 1887) and Emily. in 1915 her father enlisted with the British Army, serving at Chatham, Warminster, Pangbourne, Beganiivy and Pilay before embarking for Salonika, Greece in October 1916. Edgar went missing and was later presumed killed in action on 18th September 1918. The November 1918 edition of the Widford  Parish Magazine reported: “Death of Sapper E Rayner is reported as having occurred on Sept 17th. He leaves a widow and four young children who reside in the village”. Edgar has no known grave.

Also born today: Thurston Hopkins, Picture Post photo-journalist – “unsung hero of photography” [The Guardian]. HAPPY CENTENARY!


Arms Race – In Portsmouth, England, the fitting out of the Japanese Battleship “Kongo” (indestructible) is completed after her launch by the Vickers Shipbuilding Company in Barrow-In-Furness in May 1912. After serving in two world wars she will eventually be sunk by a US submarine in November 1944.

Society and Culture: Dr Albert Schweitzer arrives in Lambarene in Gabon, beginning his mission to Africa by combining evangelism with the founding of a hospital.

Shipping News: US Coastguard Harry McGinley is awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for acts of bravery on 30th December last year (1912) rescuing crew from the sea going tug “Margaret” off the coast of New Jersey.

History of Transport: In Monaco, the first award of the Schneider Trophy for seaplanes goes to a french aircraft manufactured by the Deperdussin company.

15th April 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY – “Scouting” (for Boys) – the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.

First Balkan War: Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire agree to a cessation of hostilities.

Arms Race: In Portsmouth, UK – HMS Spanker, originally launched in 1889, is recommissioned after being converted to a minesweeper.

Women’s Suffrage: In St Leonards-On-Sea, on England’s South Coast, “Levetleigh’ the country mansion of Arthur Du Cros, local Member of Parliament and outspoken critic of the suffragette movement, is destroyed in an arson attack. The suffragettes leave calling cards, including literature and a postcard.

Shipping Accidents: Today marks the first anniversary (1913) of the loss of 1502 lives when the RMS Titanic sank (in 1912) in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Society and culture: The society “Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor” is founded in Sydney, Australia, by Eileen O’Connor and Father Edward McGrath. Worthy Centenary!  http://ourladysnurses.org.au/