On this day: the SS Mohegan sank in 1898

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The steamer the SS Mohegan sank off the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall on the 14th of October, 1898. 106 of the 197 on board died, including Isadora Duncan’s father, stepmother and sister.

The Mohegan wrecked on the Manacles

The Mohegan wrecked on the Manacles

Because all of the officers on board died in the wreck, no definite answers were ever given for why they had veered so far off course.

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Recovered bodies are buried in a mass grave.

On this day: Isadora Duncan was born in 1877

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Isadora Duncan in 1899

American dancer Isadora Duncan was born on the 27th of May, 1877.

As a former dancer, I grew up being taught to admire her. However, I strongly disagree with quite a lot about her, including her pro-Communist, pro-Soviet views. These views led to her exile from the United States.

Duncan revolutionised dance, creating contemporary styles before her time, dancing barefoot and showing a preference for performing in flowing fabrics. She had a preference for scarves.

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In the early 20th century.

This love of scarves was to be her downfall; in September, 1927 – at age fifty – her scarf became entangled in the automobile she was travelling in, breaking her neck and causing her death.