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Darwin Williams (1897 - 1974)

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Darwin Williams
1897 - 1974
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August 1, 1897
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August 1974
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Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania 17327
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Darwin Williams was born on August 1, 1897. He died in August 1974 at 77 years old. We know that Darwin Williams had been residing in Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania 17327.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Darwin Williams died in August 1974 at 77 years old. He was born on August 1, 1897. There is no information about Darwin's surviving family. We know that Darwin Williams had been residing in Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania 17327.
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In 1897, in the year that Darwin Williams was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1904, by the time he was only 7 years old, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1926, Darwin was 29 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1954, at the age of 57 years old, Darwin was alive when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1974, in the year of Darwin Williams's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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