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    100 Years Ago Today - April 23, 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 23rd, 1913.

    Number 5. Martha Saxton willed her belongings to people on the condition they take care of her cats, too. The practice has become so common that organizations like the AARP and the Humane Society devote web pages to specifically outlining the process and offering suggestions.

    Number 4. PETA didn’t invent the war on fashion. The Times reported on a featherless hat exhibit at a London conference dedicated to “the suppression of cruelty to animals”. The exhibit showcased hats made from ribbons and grasses as alternatives to what one female conference chairman called “murderous millinery”.

    Number 3. A jeweler advertised gold watches for less than 15 dollars.

    Number 2. A group of British suffragettes started setting fire to boathouses and the vessels in them. A local police magistrate completely missed the point when he suggested, “You had better stick to the needle and drop the revolver.” Great Britain passed it’s first law giving women the right to vote in 1918. In America, that occurred in 1920.

    Number 1. A group of boys set about 20 mice loose on a crowded subway car. They plan worked, as several people vacated the car leaving a wide selection of open seats. The article made a point of mentioning how the women fled in a panic to evade confrontation with what was referred to as “their ancient enemy.”