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Charles William Freestone Wood (1892 - 1916)

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Charles William Freestone Wood
1892 - 1916
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c. 1892
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May 31, 1916
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Charles William Freestone Wood was born c. 1892. He died on May 31, 1916 at 24 years old.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Service number: ss/111757 Rank: Stoker 1st Class Regiment: Royal Navy Unit/ship/squadron: h.m.s. invincible.
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Charles William Freestone Wood passed away on May 31, 1916 at 24 years of age. He was buried in Portsmouth Naval Memorial 20., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1892. There is no information about Charles' family or relationships.
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In 1892, in the year that Charles William Freestone Wood was born, on October 5th, the Dalton Gang was shot. The Gang was attempting to rob two banks - simultaneously - in Coffeyville Kansas but word spread of the robberies and townspeople with guns greeted them when they left the banks. Four members of the gang were killed - only Emmett Dalton survived his wounds and spent 14 years in prison.

In 1900, at the age of only 8 years old, Charles was alive when artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

In 1909, Charles was 17 years old when William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1916, in the year of Charles William Freestone Wood's passing, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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