100 Years Ago Today - March 13, 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 March 13th, 1913.

Number 5 - 4 men gathered for a reunion at Hotel Astor. They all had come to New York 29 years ago via a steamship from Germany with barely any money in their pockets. What's significant about this story - it's how far they all had risen over time. One of them was Carl Laemmle. Don't know him? Well, he was a founder of Universal - one of the first Hollywood movie studios.

Number 4 - Miss Van Vorst, a renowned author claimed American men aren't that great in the love department. She noted - "as a lover, the American appears to the least advantage. He lacks audacity. As a child he is under the domination of his mother and sisters."

Number 3 - While trains today have more modern amenities, a train ride back in 1913 wasn't too bad either. An ad by New York Central Lines train read: 'A luxurious Pullman sleeping car, buffet, library and dining car are wrapped in a "Water Level" package.

Number 2 - The United States Post Service has a whole host of financial problems today. A hundred years ago, mail service had different challenges. All international mail came through ships and customers were complaining that slower ships were being used. The explanation given was: 'During the Winter season, the passenger traffic between America and Europe is light. And as a consequence it is customary for the British and the German steamship companies to reduce the frequency of the sailings of their fast steamers.'

Number 1 - A 99-year-old man had a fun night but later learned the his son-in-law got cops involved thinking he was lost. And he certainly wasn't happy, saying: "Just because I'm 99 is no reason why I can't look after myself"
I don't feel 99. I feel like a young boy. I can't see why my son-in-law sent out an alarm for me, and I told him so."