Ernest Randolph Wood (1917 - 1943)

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Ernest Randolph Wood
1917 - 1943
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c. 1917
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June 30, 1943
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Ernest Randolph Wood was born c. 1917. He died on June 30, 1943 at age 26.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 2583626 Rank: Signalman Regiment: Royal Corps Of Signals Unit/ship/squadron: 7 Air Form. Sigs.
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Ernest Randolph Wood passed away on June 30, 1943 at 26 years old. He was buried in Enfidaville War Cemetery Vi. C. 14., Tunisia. He was born c. 1917. We have no information about Ernest's family or relationships.

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In 1917, in the year that Ernest Randolph Wood was born, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

In 1921, by the time he was just 4 years old, hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1927, when he was merely 10 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1938, by the time he was 21 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1943, in the year of Ernest Randolph Wood's passing, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

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