Saturday, September 24, 2011

Today -100: September 24, 1911: Of war moves and gay New York

No war in Europe! France and Germany agree on Africa carve-up: France gets Morocco, with safeguards for German businesses, and Germany gets 150,000 square miles of the French Congo. Germans are evidently pretty pissed off at Britain for siding with France, which ensured that Germany didn’t get nearly as much out of its gunboat diplomacy as it expected.

War in Europe? Italy prepares two army corps and a naval squadron for war with the Ottoman Empire over Libya.

Headline of the Day -100: “New York Too Gay For Tampa Sheriff.” A Tampa deputy – nicknamed Babe – arrived to take an embezzler back to Florida, but decided to have a little fun on the town first. More than a week later, Tampa had to send another deputy, a teetotaler this time, to bail out the first deputy and bring them both back.

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