Saturday, July 01, 2017

Today -100: July 1, 1917: Of well-paid amusement, 10,000 planes, beer, and umpires

Charlie Chaplin signs a new contract with First National to make 8 films in 1 year for $1 million, “the largest salary ever paid to a performer in the history of the amusement world,” not that that stops the NYT from spelling his name wrong. First National is a new company, formed by owners of movie theaters.

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But then he would, wouldn’t he?

Reginald Aldworth Daly, a professor of geology at Harvard, says in a Sunday NYT Magazine article that Germany’s atrocities during this war can be blamed on beer. Since all Germans are a bit sloshed at all times, they’re all bad-tempered all the time.

Babe Ruth is suspended from baseball for a week after punching an umpire.

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