Friday, March 13, 2015

News of the Week March 13, 1915 -- March 13, 2015

The 13-March-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Opening day at the Panama Pacific Exposition.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco on 20-February-1915:

"Enrico Caruso plays at being a camera-man ere he sails for Europe.  Copy 1915 by Pathe News."  Tenor Enrico Caruso is considered the greatest opera singer of all time.  My grandfather revered him. 

"The famous Death's Head Hussars of Germany commanded by the Crown Prince.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  A regiment of Prussian hussars had worn the death's head since the time of Frederick the Great. 

"Mayor Harrison of Chicago buys a paper on 'Old Newsboys' day.  Copy 1915 by Pathe News."  Carter Harrison, Jr was mayor of Chicago for five terms.  Old Newsboys Day is a charity event still held in some cities, where businessmen sell papers to raise money. 

"Argentine sailors guests of the U. S. while waiting for their new vessel.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Dreadnaughts Rivadavia and Moreno were built by the Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts for the Argentine Navy during the South American dreadnaught race. 

"Remembering the Maine at the military mast and anchor monument in Washington.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The sinking of the armored cruiser USS Maine in Havana harbor on 15-February-1898 helped to trigger the Spanish-American War.  Maine's military mast stands as part of a monument at Arlington National Cemetery. 

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