Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today -100: July 18, 1917: Of picketers, prohibition, and windsors


The 16 suffragists who were arrested in front of the White House are sentenced to a $60 fine or 60 days in the workhouse, and choose the latter. Up till now, the sentences have been 3 days.

Puerto Rico votes for prohibition.

5 members of the Russian Cabinet resign in protest over plans to grant autonomy to Ukraine.

In a British Cabinet reshuffle, Winston Churchill is brought back in, as Minister of Munitions. Sir Edward Carson, who just three years ago was openly plotting treasonous revolt in Northern Ireland, has been added to the War Cabinet, another sign of the Coalition government’s rightward shift.

King George V changes his last name and that of all his relatives from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to “Windsor.” He’s naming his family after the castle. Or possibly the necktie knot.


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James said...

The joke from Kaiser Wilhelm after the name change was that he was looking forward to the latest production of The Merry Wives of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.