Thursday, January 26, 2023

Today -100: January 26, 1923: Of ruhrs and electric chairs

Rioting in French-occupied Essen and Düsseldorf. France plans to occupy the Ruhr for at least 2 years (the period of a proposed reparations moratorium plan, which Germany has not yet accepted). Ex-General Erich Ludendorff is trying to gin up resistance to the occupation. Some Germans are suggesting adopting the guerilla tactics of the IRA.

Sing Sing inaugurates its new electric chair by frying a black man, as was the custom. He killed a white woman he was trying to rob.

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