Friday, November 13, 2015

Today -100: November 13, 1915: So church bells were the 1915 equivalent of the internet

The Austrian consul in the US, Ernst Ludwig, calls Josef Goricar, the former consul in San Francisco who accused Austria and Germany of a massive spying/propaganda operation in the US, a “has-been consul who attacks his own country.”

Winston Churchill resigns as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster so he can join the military and see some action, until he gets bored. He’ll be a major. This seems to be a reaction to Asquith setting up a small War Council, on which he planned to include Churchill but then thought better of it.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: Yesterday Berlin went wild celebrating the surrender of Serbia. However, Serbia did not actually surrender. What seems to have happened is that a General Synod was held, church bells in Berlin were rung at noon in honor of it, and everyone leapt to conclusions.

A negro, John Taylor, is lynched in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

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