Saturday, September 01, 2018

Today -100: September 1, 1918: Of assassinations, fruit pits, and some of the best men in the community

Lenin is shot twice by Fanya Kaplan (sometimes called Dora Kaplan), a Jewish member of the banned Social Revolutionary (SR) Party and former prisoner for her part as a 16-year-old in a plot to assassinate a Tsarist official. Lenin is pretty badly injured and will never fully recover.

Also assassinated: Moisei Uritsky, the head of the Cheka in Petrograd, by a former military cadet.

The London police strike ends swiftly with a nice raise and sort-of recognition of their union.

Since the administration asked the American people not to drive on Sundays, Pres. Wilson has to walk to church.

The War Dept asks people to save their fruit pits and nut shells to make into charcoal for gas masks.

The Ku Klux Klan revived in 1915. I believe this is the first time the NYT has mentioned it. Some Kluxers grab a strike organizer in Mobile, Alabama from the police. He hasn’t been seen since. They also seem to have kidnapped another unionist in Birmingham, Alabama. The article’s tone is supportive of these activities: “Wherever it is organized it is made up of some of the best men in the community.” (Voiceover: It isn’t.)

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