Monday, February 04, 2013

Today -100: February 4, 1913: Even Says ‘Damn’

After a two-month armistice in the Balkan War and despite the negotiating positions of both sides being ridiculously close, the fighting resumes. Information is likely to be even spottier this time, now that all sides are banning war correspondents.

Delaware becomes the 36th state to ratify the, now, 16th Amendment, authorizing a national income tax (Wyoming and New Mexico follow suit later in the day). This is the first change in the Constitution in 43 years. Congress passed an income tax bill in 1893 which taxed all income over $5,000 per year, which just so happened to be the annual salary of a United States congressman, but it was declared unconstitutional, since the Constitution said that such taxes could only be allocated between the states based on population.

Cornered by a NYT reporter and asked about his Cabinet picks, Woodrow Wilson says “I am not here to amuse the newspapers” and that he is doing what is best for the country and if the newspapers expect him to do anything else, “I’ll be damned if I will.” NYT sub-hed: “...Even Says ‘Damn.’”

The California Legislature votes to ask Congress to ban Asian immigrants. Just one legislator objected, saying that orange growers need Japanese workers.

Congress bumps the pay of military officers assigned to the Aviation Corps 20%, presumably because of the rather high mortality among military aviators recently.

Sports Headline of the Day -100: “Lord Will Not Come to Yankees.” Harry Lord.

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