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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Extra! Extra! England Crowns a New King, Zeppelins Fly, The Fight of the Century Sparks Riots

Our sweet romance release, Kilmeny of the Orchard, was written in 1910 and set on Canada's Prince Edward Island. It's easy to get lulled by the idyllic isolation of the island in the novel, but in reality the world in 1910 was becoming more and more connected, and events occurred across the globe that would have far-reaching repercussions. Here's a sampling of headlines from other parts of the world in 1910:

May 6:  George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII. He wrote in his diary, "I have lost my best friend and the best of fathers ... I never had a [cross] word with him in my life. I am heart-broken and overwhelmed with grief but God will help me in my responsibilities and darling May will be my comfort as she has always been. May God give me strength and guidance in the heavy task which has fallen on me."

June:  The LZ7 Deutschland Zeppelin makes the first commercial passenger flight from Friedrichshafen to Düsseldorf in Germany. The flight takes nine hours. Nine days later it would crash in bad weather, but none aboard would be seriously injured.

July:  African-American boxer Jack Johnson defeats American boxer James J. Jeffries in "The Fight of the Century." The match had been sponsored by those who wanted to see the black boxer defeated, and race riots would spread across the U.S. that night as angry whites sought to subdue jubilant African-American celebrations of his victory.

October 5:  A coup d'etat in Portugal deposes King Manuel II. With the royal palace under attack, Manuel flees to England where he will live for the rest of his life, as a Knight of the Garter and diplomat. The coup would establish the First Portuguese Republic, which would in turn be thrown over by another coup in 1926.

November:  The Mexican Revolution begins when dictator Porfiro Diaz rigs the country's first democratic election in his favor and has his opponent, Francisco I. Madero, thrown in jail. Madero calls for an armed revolution that will last for a decade and devolve into a series of civil wars, but ultimately resulting in the creation of the Mexican Constitution in 1917.


Kilmeny of the Orchard by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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