100 Years Ago Today - January 28, 1913

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Here are 5 news stories from around the world 100 years ago.

What was happening in the world one hundred years ago? Hi this is Matt and here are 5 New York Times headlines from January 28th, 1913.

Number 5 – Back then, typewriters were considered the cutting edge in technology. A sad report focused on the death of James B. Hammond who was the name behind the invention of one of the first practical typewriters. Hammond’s brother attempted to have him declared insane, however he was found to be mentally competent.

Number 4 – Seen a police chase lately? Well, in 1913, they looked very different. A car chase in the Bronx led to a man, George Nye being mortally wounded. Nye was in a stolen vehicle with a group of men. Officers on horseback had been following the rapidly moving car, firing shot after shot from their revolvers. All of the men were either hospitalized or arrested after the tires were punctured by the bullets.

Number 3 – Department store suits currently average around $200-$300, but in 1913 a Macy’s ad announced $14.75 suits in a range of colors, materials and sizes including “a generous assortment for stout men”.

Number 2 – The next oddball report could make modern day news. Savvy police officials were able to prove a burglar’s identify by matching tooth marks which were left in a stick of butter. Pierre Bassaud was accused of breaking into his former employer’s property to steal jewelry and cash. But apparently the desired goods couldn’t be found and he opted to head to the kitchen where he feasted on the delicacies.

Number 1 – Harriet Fisher Andrew was a career woman, working as a boss of men. In 1913, she was a speaker at an efficiency convention and shockingly alleged that women were to blame for poor labor conditions. She claimed the modern ladies of the early 1900s were not providing wholesome examples for their children, as they spent more time shopping than on cooking or needlework. And as a result, their boys would grow up to become weak men.