Charles William Henry Southern (1864 - 1950)

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Charles William Henry Southern
1864 - 1950
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1864
Tren, Australia
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1950
Parkville, Australia
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Parkville, Australia
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Charles William Henry Southern was born in 1864 in Tren, Australia. He is the child of Sarah Cox Southern, with sibling Thomas. He died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at 86 years old.
Updated: July 25, 2019
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Charles William Henry Southern died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at age 86. He was born in 1864 in Tren, Australia. He is the child of Sarah Cox Southern, with sibling Thomas.

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In 1864, in the year that Charles William Henry Southern was born, on February 25th, the first prisoners arrived at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Andersonville became notorious for the conditions that Union prisoners endured. 500 prisoners had left from Richmond, Virginia the week before - eventually 13,000 prisoners would die at the prison.

In 1877, when he was just 13 years old, on July 14th, strikes and resulting riots began at the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. A sympathy strike and rioting began in Pittsburgh and a worker's rebellion began in St. Louis, then spread to other cities. 100 people were killed before the strikes ended when President Rutherford B. Hayes sent federal troops to each of the cities involved.

In 1891, he was 27 years old when James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1927, he was 63 years old when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1950, in the year of Charles William Henry Southern's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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