100 Years Ago Today - April 2, 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 April 2nd, 1913.

Number 5. Immigration was on the rise. Ellis Island officials reported an increase of fifty two thousand newcomers over the same period in the previous year. Ellis Island has since put together an online searchable database of the 22.5 million individuals arriving in New York between 1892 and 1924.

Number 4. Secretary of State Bryan flexed his healthy world-view when he decreed that elevator operators in his office building shouldn’t have to stay late just because he does. He added, “Besides, it won’t hurt any Government official to walk down two flights of stairs.”

Number 3. Madras and percale shirt fans could dress for less. The Greenhut Siegel Cooper Co. was offering them for 79 cents a piece.

Number 2. A Berlin doctor touted radium as a possible elixir to “prolong life.” The medical community has since concurred that prolonged exposure to it can cause cataracts, cancer, and death.

Number 1. Just because it’s an April Fools’ joke doesn’t mean it’s funny. A newspaper in France learned that the hard way when their false reports of a German Zeppelin landing resulted in local riots and criminal charges.