Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today -100: March 10, 1911: Of explosions and hobble skirts

The NYT says that the “worst feature” of the Mexican Revolution is the Mexican government’s suppression of news.

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin blows up. That explosives factory turns out to be maybe not such a good idea. The explosion was felt up to 500 miles away, doing $10,000 in damage to plate glass windows on State Street, Chicago alone. Only one person was killed, unlike the 1906 explosion at the plant, in which 9 were killed. There have been 9 explosions there in the last 10 years.

Stupid proposed laws: 1) One in the Connecticut legislature to ban the publication of pictures of policemen or to report on crimes until all suspects in the crime have been arrested. 2) One proposed in the Illinois legislature to ban harem skirts and hobble skirts.

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