Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today -100: February 6, 1913: Of boxing, assassinations, disestablishment, and dog brains

The New York State Athletic Commission bans inter-racial boxing.

An attempt by several farmers with machetes to assassinate the president of El Salvador, Manuel Araujo, leaves him fatally wounded (he will die in five days).

Parliament votes to disestablish the Anglican Church in Wales. The opposition to this is, of course, called antidisestablishmentarianism. (Do children on playgrounds still whisper to each other in awed tones of this semi-mythical longest word in the English language?) After the bill is passed, Welsh MPs start singing the Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the first known instance of singing in the House of Commons.

Headline of the Day -100: “Put Dog’s Brain in a Man.” Doctors at the University Hospital in Ann Harbor, Mich., evidently stick a dog’s brain in place of the abscessed part of the brain of a W. A. Smith of Kalamazoo. Surgeons say he has a good chance to recover, yes he does, yes he does.

(A story two days later says it wasn’t an actual dog brain, it was the dura [outer membrane] of a dog’s brain.)

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