Monday, February 20, 2017

Today -100: February 20, 1917: It’s a war of inches

The US threatens the Cuban rebels again, saying it will hold them responsible for any property damage.

Albert Sander, drama editor for William Randolph Hearst’s Deutsches Journal, and Charles Wunnenberg, both Brooklynites, are arrested for supposedly sending fake newspaper reporters to England to spy for the Central Powers. With invisible ink and everything.

Gen. Frederick Funston, who had overall command of the expedition into Mexico and would have led any, you know, hypothetical expeditionary force to Europe, dies suddenly of a heart attack at 51.

Headline of the Day -100:

All Connecticut citizens (male citizens, I assume) over 16 are being registered for possible military service.

The American Institute of Weights and Measures is formed in New York City to fight “an aggressive campaign” against the metric system.

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