Having entertained myself over the course of the last thousand days by exploring the world a century ago, I will be taking a break from “onehundredyearsagotoday”. The future always appearing less structured than the past, I cannot say with certainly if, or when, I will return to this blog. I hope you have enjoyed, from time to time, the first thousand day instalment.
Local journalism, 100 years ago today: in England, the Western Times provides its readers with an update:
“Cycle accident – On enquiry at the Royal Devon and Hospital last evening we were informed that the youth, Albert Madge, who met with a serious accident on Wednesday through colliding, while cycling, with a taxi-cab in Queen-street, Exeter, had passed a comfortable day.”
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]
The Balkans: Bulgaria signs a military agreement with Germany agreeing to enter on the side of the Central Powers. In return for sending forces against Serbia and Montenegro (thereby re-opening the unresolved business of the recent Second Balkan War), Bulgaria is promised large parts of Macedonia, a sea port on the Adriatic and territorial concessions in European Turkey. [Burg & Purcell: “Almanac of World War 1”]
Protest: In Zimmerwald, Switzerland, delegates from international socialist parties in 11 countries hold a conference to advocate anti-militarist and pacifist policies and (for some) international socialist revolution, later making this small Swiss town a part of the foundation myth of the Soviet Union.