8 March 1918
- The Leader reminds readers that “toothsome dainties” will be available today at the War Chest fundraiser. Orange Soldiers’ Day Today
- Influenza is reported at Camo Funston in Kansas, USA. This is the very first report of the deadly disease, which would become known as the “Spanish flu.” The infection is transported via troop ships to the Western Front, and then spreads throughout the world. More than 20 million people worldwide would die as a result. [The disease reached Australia in late 1918, by which time Orange was well-prepared: the townspeople were inoculated and had been issued with disinfectant; infected houses were marked by flags and mass events were cancelled. Sixteen people from Orange died from the influenza.]
This entry was posted on March 8th, 2018.