100 Years Ago Today - January 21, 1913

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5 news stories from around the world 100 years ago.

What was happening in the world one hundred years ago?

Number 5 - For so many today, it's tough to deal with nearly $4 a gallon gas price. Well, even in 1913, high gas price was a big concern - the only difference? At that time, they were dealing with 17 cents a gallon. Interestingly, the cars used 100 gallons a month on average at that time compared to about 50 gallons a month of usage for cars these days.

Number 4 - In London, a traffic cop was killed by an automobile. What was remarkable about this story was that this was the first fatality ever of a traffic cop in London. Other accidents had taken place in the past but none had caused traffic police fatalities. By some estimates, 12 of those injuries for the entire 1911 was caused by horse-drawn vehicles.

Number 3 - Energy drinks make up a multi-billion dollar industry today. Experts attribute it to people seeking relief from modern-day stress and there are many who talk about how life was simpler in the past. But if you look at this 1913 ad for tonic food, it bears a striking resemblance to an energy drink from 2013. Offers a similar promise - strength and vitality for those who are rundown. Further mentions that the product is 'a natural, healthful food-tonic about which over 16,000 practicing physicians have written in terms of praise and enthusiasm.'

Number 2 - There's always been crime. Today, we hear a lot about gun violence in the US but in 1913, crime had different dynamics such as bomb explosions. One story covered a bomb explosion at Dr. Antonio Carini's home. Dr. Carini and his family, including two daughters survived with minor injuries. Prior to the incident, he had received threating calls demanding that he deposit $1,000 somewhere near 228th street in New York.

Number 1 - A fierce debate on immigration. You may be thinking we are talking 2013. Even in 1913, immigration was a central issue in politics. One of the provisions in a new bill entailed that the arriving immigrants showed a certificate of moral character from their native country. However, that had little support because it did not account for immigrants who had escaped from homeland over political and religious differences. The idea was originally proposed by Secretary Nagel, who wanted to keep Italian criminals out of the US.

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