Friday, November 6, 2015

News of the Week November 6, 1915 -- November 6, 2015

The 06-November -1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

 "Laying of keel of the 'California,' the first electrically propelled battleship.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  USS California, built at Mare Island, commissioned in 1921, was one of the dreadnaughts parked in Battleship Row when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  Her crew fought hard, two were posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, but she sank at her moorings.  California was refloated and patched so that she could sail under her own power to Puget Sound, where she was extensively rebuilt.  She returned to battle in June, 1944 and participated in the island-hopping campaign.

"Special demonstration of new army transportation methods at San Diego, Calif.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  The US Army was testing trucks for transporation.

"Results of serious landslide at the Culebra Cut, Panama Canal.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  A series of landslides blocked the Panama Canal.  Stories in October newspapers estimated that it might be closed until January. 

"President Wilson lays cornerstone of Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington, Va.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  In October, President Wilson laid the cornerstone of a Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. 

"A view from the Hearst-Selig News Pictorial of 'Shadow Lawn,' President Wilson's new summer home.  Copyright 1915, International Film Service Inc."  Shadow Lawn, in New Jersey, was President Wilson's Summer White House. 

"Scene from Hearst-Selig News Pictorial, showing the Rookies being attacked, at Chicago, Ill.  Copyright 1915, International Film Service Inc."  This must have been a National Guard training exercise. 

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