Monday, March 14, 2016

Today -100: March 14, 1916: Of lawless bands of armed men

The US agrees to Carranza’s request for reciprocity in crossing international borders: if any “lawless bands of armed men” enter Mexico from the US, commit outrages and cross back into the US, the Mexican army is free to pursue them. I suspect this wasn’t quite what Carranza had in mind, but the US can now pretend it has his permission to invade Mexico.

Portugal responds to Germany declaring war on it by saying, oh, really, sure we’ll join the war if that’s what you really want. Portugal notes that it’s been England’s ally since 1373. It didn’t come to Britain’s aid earlier because, er, they didn’t ask.

A bill to increase the drinking age to 21 fails in the NY Legislature.

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