Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Today -100: May 28, 1919: We are safely on the other side of the pond

The US Navy seaplane NC-4, piloted by Lt. Commander Albert Cushing Read, makes the first trans-Atlantic flight, arriving in Portugal, hurrah. It took more than 3 weeks, with several stops along the way (including waiting in the Azores for storms to pass), which disqualifies it from the Daily Mail’s £10,000 prize. The plane radios back “We are safely on the other side of the pond.” (When did people start referring to the Atlantic as “the pond”?)

Petrograd has supposedly been captured by “Chinese, Lett and Finnish Reds,” according to a report that is contradicted by another one right below it, like a choose-your-own-adventure.

For the second time this month a mob, largely consisting of former soldiers & sailors, attacks the Yale University campus, whose gates are locked, in reprisal for some remarks about soldiers (or possibly about the 102 Regiment Brass Band) allegedly made by students in a dorm overlooking a parade.

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