Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today -100: April 19, 1912: Of plain bribery and corruption, and waving farewells

Taft’s campaign manager Rep. William McKinley (no relation) asks if “the lavish expenditures of money” by Roosevelt supporters is responsible for his victories in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. “Plain bribery and corruption,” he calls it, claiming that they spent between $250,000 and $500,000 in Pennsylvania.

Italian warships bombard two Turkish forts at the entrance to the Dardanelles.

They finally have the numbers: 1,595 went down with the Titanic, 745 survived. Which isn’t what Wikipedia says.

Titanic Headline of the Day -100: “Col. Astor Went Down Waving Farewells to His Bride.”

Onboard the Carpathia, women Titanic survivors raised $7,000 for needy survivors.

Poetical Titanic Headline of the Day -100 (LA Times): “The Carpathia’s Arrival: Like Pall Bearers at a Shadow Funeral Tugs Clustered Around the Ship of Sorrows.”

Titanic Survivor Names of the Day: Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon.

Titanic Butt Headline of the Day -100: “Taft Despairs of Butt.”

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