Monday, March 23, 2015

Today -100: March 23, 1915: Of disappointing zeppelins, typewriters, eugenic marriages, and whipping posts

Headline of the Day -100:

Everyone’s a critic. Actually, Parisians were waiting for another zep attack air show, but came there none.

The German army bans Socialist deputy Karl Liebknecht from writing articles or attending meetings.

An NYU engineering student, Heuen Chi, patents the first Chinese-language typewriter. It has 3 keys: the space key, the backspace, and the key which strikes a copper cylinder with 4,200 characters.

The Louisiana Supreme Court upholds a lower court’s ban on the reading of the Bible and the Lord’s Prayer in Shreveport public schools.

Vermont passes a law for “eugenic” marriages. Couples can only marry if doctors examine them and give them certificates of health, mental and physical. If they marry without the certificates, there’s a $500 fine.

Headline of the Day -100 (LA Times):

A police judge sentences two 15-year-olds convicted of petty thievery to “twelve hard strokes with the rod on the bare hide.” By their mothers.

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