Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today -100: October 13, 1911: Up with women’s suffrage, down with the Manchus

The California referendum on women’s suffrage passes, very narrowly. Men in San Francisco and Oakland vote heavily against it, presumably because they feared women would bring in prohibition, but there is majority support in Los Angeles and the rural areas, which the NYT headlines as “California Farmers Give Votes to Women.”

Arthur, Duke of Connaught and uncle of the king (one of Victoria’s kids), arrives in Canada as the new governor-general.

The recall, initiative and referendum also pass (I’m assuming this means citizen-initiated ones, since referenda obviously already existed), ushering in the modern age of California politics, with medical marijuana and Prop. 13 and so on.

The Chinese Revolution is picking up steam. The slogan is “Down with the Manchus!” Especially Fu. I never trusted that guy.

An Italian proclamation assures the Libyans that they have not been enslaved by Italy. Rather, they have been liberated from the Ottoman yoke. So that’s okay then. And Libyans will be allowed to continue being Muslim, if that’s what they really want.

Headline of the Day -100: “Spanish Queen Sold for $10,000.” A horse named Spanish Queen, as it turns out.

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