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    100 Years Ago Today - March 26, 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 26th, 1913.

    Number 5. March Madness, 1913 style. Instead of talking brackets and baskets, the buzz was about scratches and tilts. The game attracting the tourney attention was pocket billiards. Now we just call it pool.

    Number 4. Devastating flash floods in Peru, Indiana claimed the lives of over 400 people. The rising waters claimed all phone and telegraph wires. Railroad transit became impossible. As these were they only means of communication and large-scale transport, the town was left to fend for itself.

    Number 3. An upright piano would have set you back 325 dollars. In today’s money that’s roughly 7,600 dollars. If you’re looking for an actual old piano like the one seen in this New York Times ad, you can score one on eBay for under 500 bucks.

    Number 2. Neighborhood children pelted a man with rocks by because they didn’t like his ride. The bullying began shortly after the male traded in his American sulky – a buggy pulled by a single horse – for a troika. The troika is a 3 horse-powered vehicle.

    Number 1. The restaurant wing at the Capitol had to be evacuated and fumigated after a smallpox infestation. In 1980 smallpox became the first disease successfully eradicated from the world.