Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today -100: January 31, 1913: Of armistices, lame duck presidents, and names


The anti-Ottoman alliance has terminated the armistice, as of Monday (Feb. 3). This despite the Turks having agreed to surrender Adrianople, retaining only the Muslim shrines.

The House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule 329-69. Under the Parliament Act of 1911, however, they no longer have a veto, only delaying powers.

The Senate is considering restricting presidents to a single six-year term. This is just the sort of reform that would appeal to Progressives, if it wouldn’t keep Roosevelt from running again.

The Russian Senate rules that Jews are allowed to give their children non-Jewy names. The Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod had objected.

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