Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Today -100: December 8, 1910: Of awkward parties and rioting... Canadians

In the French colony of Senegal, a French column beat back an attack, killing 600 Senegalese.

Pres. Taft’s daughter Helen is having a coming-out party with 1,500 guests, but invitations to members of the House of Representatives were lost in the mail (not those to senators). At any rate, that’s the White House’s story, and it’s sticking with it.

Headline of the Day -100: “Won’t Dance with Japanese.” A ball was to be held in Pasadena for a visiting Japanese training squadron, but the leading girls of Pasadena high society refused to attend, so it had to be cancelled at short notice.

There was a riot in Toronto. Toronto, Canada. Wow, 1910 really was different. 11 street cars were destroyed. Evidently Torontohoovians didn’t like the new pay-as-you-enter cars.

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