Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today -100: June 12, 1913: Of women’s suffrage, states of actual warfare, assassination, and flour


The Illinois Legislature passes a bill giving women the vote, but only for presidential and some local offices, not for Congress, the state Legislature, or governor. That makes it the 10th suffrage state, the first east of the Mississippi.

The LAT claims that the passage of women’s suffrage in Illinois is down to Katherine Riley having refused to set a date for marriage with Ill. House Speaker William McKinley until it passed.

A committee of the US Senate investigates the use of military courts to convict strikers in West Virginia. Members of the Military Committee that had exercised martial law testify that the coal strike was “a state of actual warfare” and that therefore the Constitution was suspended and they could impose sentences of any length they chose, without regard to those set out in civil law. Which they did.

Turkey’s grand vizier is assassinated, as was the custom.

A male supporter of women’s suffrage throws a bag of flour at Prime Minister Asquith in Parliament, misses.


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