Sunday, May 26, 2013

Today -100: May 26, 1913: Of discrimination, islands, cunning plans, and royal garters

The Navy has investigated claims that it discriminates against black enlisted men, and finds that nothing could be further from the truth, so that’s okay then.

Turkey has evidently ceded Cyprus to Britain.

The Italian war of conquest in Libya isn’t quite as finished as I’d thought. A large defeat is inflicted on the Italians through a ruse. The Libyans allowed an Italian prisoner to escape after priming him with false information, which Gen. Ganbretti then used in deciding to divide his forces into three columns, thinking he was facing a much smaller opposition than was the case. Each of the columns was cut off and decimated.

Headline of the Day -100: “Royal Highnesses in Souvenir Riot.” At the royal wedding of the kaiser’s kid, there’s a scrum for her garter: “Almost the entire wedding company, numbering hundreds of bejeweled ladies and gentlemen, representing the cream of the German aristocracy, engaged in a free fight for the ribbons. A survivor describes the scene as a cross between a Bank Holiday frolic on Hampstead Heath and a football riot. Many ladies emerged with faces badly scratched by the pushing and shoving of Generals and gold-laced diplomats.”

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David Chappell said...

"Court officials were so excited by the uncontrolled horseplay"

I'll bet they were...

WIIIAI said...

[Insert joke about royals' resemblance to horses here]