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Charles Gordon Wood (1885 - 1956)

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Charles Gordon Wood
1885 - 1956
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1885
Melbourne, Australia
Death
1956
Geelong, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Charles Gordon Wood was born in 1885 in Melbourne, Australia. He is the child of Ann Wilson Wood, with sibling William. He died in 1956 in Geelong, Australia at age 71.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Charles Gordon Wood died in 1956 in Geelong, Australia at 71 years old. He was born in 1885 in Melbourne, Australia. He is the child of Ann Wilson Wood, with sibling William.
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In 1885, in the year that Charles Gordon Wood was born, Germany's Karl Benz built the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which had an internal combustion engine. It is considered to be the world's first automobile. The Benz cost $150 - just under $4,000 in today's money.

In 1899, Charles was only 14 years old when on February 14th, the first voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections. Several states were already using voting machines in their elections and the Federal government was finally convinced of their safety and accuracy.

In 1921, at the age of 36 years old, Charles was alive when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1939, Charles was 54 years old when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1956, in the year of Charles Gordon Wood's passing, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

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