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    100 Years Ago Today - March 12, 1913

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    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 March 12th, 1913.

    Number 5 - War clouds were hanging over Europe about a year before the First World War would begin. That chatter was affecting financial markets and one report noted German market's negative reaction to some news out of France. 'The Cologne Gazette's warning of the "inevitability" of trouble with France was the primary cause of the nervousness.

    Number 4 - Here's an intriguing headline pertaining to academic performance - 'Foreign children make good showing'. One would assume the data compares to kids in the US to those in China, India, and other parts of the world. But interestingly, that distinction is for kids within America. As the article notes, two "jewish", one "German", two "italian" and two "American" elementary schools were picked for the tests.

    Number 3 - Custom tailoring was all the rage in 1913 but this ad tried to convince you otherwise. It noted - There are a good many men who are right up-to-date in all but one thing; they're behind the times in buying clothes, and they don't know it. They haven't discovered that for $25 they can get ready, a suit of clothes, equal of anything their custom tailor can produce at $40 or $50.

    Number 2 - While one would assume medical science was much more elementary in 1913 as compared to what we see today. This example contradicts that assumption - Dr. S. J. Crowe of the Johns Hopkins Hospital had successfully performed a complicated operation on a young girl. A large growth had formed at the edge of the brain, wedging against the thin wall of bone protecting it. He removed the growth with the aid of an illuminating apparatus, the rays of which were so powerful as to make the roof of the girl's mouth transparent.

    Number 1 - Motor Polo - a hot new sport was on the horizon and an American was out enthusiastically promoting it in Europe. As the name suggests, it's just like polo but the players are on cars rather than horses. It was popular for some time but gradually faded over the year.