100 Years Ago Today - April 25, 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 25th, 1913.

Number 5. The 55-story Woolworth building, then the world’s second tallest, officially opened. Its initial funding came from 5 and 10 cents trades. When Wal-Mart was still a small upstart company, Woolworths was the discount retail giant.

Number 4. At an alimony hearing, the ex-wife of an allegedly wealthy mining promoter told the court even though she was provided with fancy clothing, she was often denied food. Apparently she didn’t have much of a divorce attorney - the monthly payment being sought was 40 dollars.

Number 3. A silver-plated coffee maker was half-price at Macy’s. It didn’t make fancy lattes, but it was only about 5 bucks.

Number 2. The Prince of Denmark had a near brush with death when his biplane had descent problems and crashed. He’d been flying at an altitude of 1800 feet, well below today’s norm of about 35 thousand for commercial jets.

Number 1. A man woke up from what the report called, “…a sleep lasting 77 days.” The term coma has been around since the mid-1600s, but didn’t become more science than phenomenon until the 1960s.

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