June 14. The suffragette campaign got its first martyr.
Emily Davison threw herself under the hooves of King Edward's
horse, Anmer, at the Derby and suffered fatal injuries. Miss
Davison was a veteran of the fight for women's votes, having been
jailed and force-fed several times. At the time, her sacrifice
horrified her opponents but inspired her supporters. Tens of thousands
lines the streets of London as her coffin was borne past on its
way to her final resting place in Northumberland.
January 23. A coup d'etat in Constantinople brought down
the Government of the Turkish Grand Vizier Kiamil Pasha. The revolt
by the reformist and strongly nationalist Young Turks put their
leader Enver Bey in power.
March 18. King George I of Greece was assasinated at
Salonika just days before his golden jubilee as sovereign. The
68-year-old monarch was shot through the heart while on a walk
with an aide. The town had been captured from the Turks in November.
The king was succeeded by his 44-year-old son Constantine I.
October 10. The blowing up of the Gamboa Dyke effectively
connected the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The explosives were
fired by President Wilson, 4,000 miles away, by an electric button
on his desk in the White House. The Panama Canal, one of the greatest
civil engineering feats in history, was complete.
March 28. The Morris Oxford went on sale at a cool £175.
Although far beyond the reach of ordinary working families, this
Oxford was the first of a series bearing the same name which soon
became more affordable.
February 27. In New York, passers-by gazed in wonder
at the world tallest building. The newly finished 60-storey Chrysler
Building was modelled on the gothic architecture of Europe and
set the standard for skyscrapers everywhere.
Snow created "a mild catastrophe" for English football with
16 our of 32 cup matches cancelled and no play at Molineux
or the Hawthorns.
A meeting of Brewood and District Agricultural Society was
told of a "momentous deficit in horseflesh," with horses
being in short supply, especially for military service.
For a prank, six lads in Dudley filled an old Russia cannon
with gunpowder and fired it. The rumour quickly spread that
the suffragettes had blown up Dudley Castle.
Aston Villa beat Sunderland 1-0 to win the FA Cup final.
The millenary celebration to mark 1,000 years of history
at Stafford was hailed a great success. Crowds went away
from the fancy-dress pageant "exceedingly pleased with what
they had witnessed."