London was the largest port in the world though it was about to be eclipsed by the booming hub of trade that was New York.
The modern Bra had just been invented.
Mexican revolution, President driven out and replaced by General Huerta
It was the height of the Edwardian era, the industrial expansion of the Victorian age had created a prosperous middle class that continued to expand throughout the Edwardian period.
The class divide was at its strongest in Britain, the upper class looked down on both the middle class and the lower class, the middle class looked up at the upper class and looked down on the lower class and the lower class knew their place.
First Balkan War.
The royal navy ruled the waves, its might unquestioned though a few upstarts kept rocking the boat, so to speak.
Much ongoing disagreement with Balkan states, Ottoman Empire, Russia, Austro Hungarian Empire, German, France, Belgium and Britain. Lots of diplomacy and signing of agreements.
There was ongoing fighting in China between factions but this didn't make the British papers much as it was a long way away and of little concern to the Empire.
The Empire was still strong and covered the world, the sun never set on the Imperial realm, it was always daytime somewhere the Union Flag flew.
The US and Mexico had a little disagreement which involved the Americans invading and taking over a Mexican port,
Henry Ford had started his first production line and his noisy smoke belching machines were getting ready to fill the streets and scare the horses across Europe and America.
A new idea in keeping food for long periods of time had been invented and was all the rage, the household refrigerator was replacing cool boxes in wealthy households and Ice sellers were looking at a bleak future
Women agitating for such outlandish ideas as the right to vote were disturbing the peace everywhere, these Suffragettes were at their most vocal and one, Emily Davison, caused shock and horror when she died after throwing herself under the kings horse.
Louis Armstrong picked up his first trumpet.
Mexican President Huerta flees Mexico with suitcases of money.
J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets, Howzat.
The first steamboat passed through the Panama canal.
The Balkan wars had rumbled to an end. A handful of central European nations had taken on the might of Turkey and won, though it has to be said that the might of the Russian Empire was diplomatically up to its chin in the whole affair. Turkey lost and left, various disgruntled powers were left to grumble and mutter and glare at their neighbours.
100 years later.
US and UK forces slowly withdrawing from Afghanistan after failure to end fighting, Cultural / Religious / Tribal wars in Afghanistan ongoing since 1978, Est 1.5-2,000,000 dead.
Hamas are launching rockets at Israeli civilian targets and launching raids through tunnels under the border.
ISIS forces are attacking Kurdish held towns in Iraq.
Crimea has seceded from the Ukraine after a referenced and is once again part of Russia, Ukrainian leaders have pledged to return the region to Ukrainian control.
Kiev loyalist military units fighting Ukrainian separatist movement, this year, Est 1,200 dead.
ISIS forces are attacking Iraqi towns and facilities in Iraq.
Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, Ongoing since 1999, Est 22,000 dead.
Israel has been bombing and shelling Gaze for several weeks. Over 1,000 dead.
Syrian civil war. Ongoing since 2011, Est over 250,000 dead.
Somali civil war, Ongoing since 1991, Est over 500,000 dead.
ISIS forces are fighting Lebanese forces along the Lebanese border.
Mexican Drug wars. Ongoing since 2006, Est 150,000 dead.
Ongoing breakup of Libya post overthrow of Gaddafi, Ongoing since 2011, Est thousands, no number other than guesses due to lack of reporting from region
Fighting in Northern Pakistan. Ongoing since 2004, Est 52,000 dead.
In Britain the middle class is steadily shrinking as the economic power of the working class and the bulk of the middle classes meet each other due to falling middle class incomes.
Sudan Ethnic fighting. Ongoing since 2011, Est 15,000 dead.
The recession is over, profits and GDP are climbing but income levels, standards of living etc are falling as the economic and social changes begun during the late Victorian and then Edwardian eras are slowly reversed and the class/income divides begin to return to Dickensian levels.
Shia religious insurrection in Yemen, Ongoing since 2004, Est 25,000 Dead.
Niger Delta insurrection. Ongoing since 2004, Est 5-10,000 dead.
Maoist insurrection, India, Ongoing since 1967, Est 13,000 dead
Moro insurrection, Philippines, Ongoing since 1969, Est 120,000 dead
Ethnic separatist violence Thailand, ongoing since 2004, Est 5,500 dead
Ethnic / Religious violence in the Magreb, Ongoing since 2002, Est 5,000 dead
Kashmir region conflict, Indian / Pakistan, Ongoing since 1947, Est 45-60,000 dead
Ethnic / Religious violence in Burma, Ongoing since 1948, Est 210,000 dead
The lamps went out 100 years ago all across the world, we did not see many of them lit again in our lifetimes.