Ernest Wood (1877 - 1916)

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Ernest Wood
1877 - 1916
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c. 1877
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May 31, 1916
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Ernest Wood was born c. 1877. He died on May 31, 1916 at age 39.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Plymouth Naval Memorial 12. in United Kingdom
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Service number: 193330
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Unit/ship/squadron: (rfr/dev/b/3034). H.m.s. defence.
Honors/awards: Mentioned In Despatches

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Ernest Wood passed away on May 31, 1916 at 39 years of age. He was buried in Plymouth Naval Memorial 12., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1877. There is no information about Ernest's surviving family.

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In 1877, in the year that Ernest Wood was born, 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 1883, by the time he was just 6 years old, from August 26th through August 27th, Krakatoa - in Indonesia - erupted. 70% of the island - 163 villages - were destroyed and more than 36,400 people were killed by the eruption and the tsunami resulting from it. It was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions ever.

In 1894, Ernest was 17 years old when on March 12th, for the first time, Coca-Cola was sold in individual bottles as a drink for consumer consumption. Previously, it was sold as a syrup for upset stomachs - over the counter.

In 1901, at the age of 24 years old, Ernest was alive when John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan created U.S. Steel. J.P. Morgan was an American banker and financier who dominated U.S. business at this time. He had previously overseen the creation of General Electric, as well as International Harvester and AT&T. He has been referred to as America's greatest banker. U.S. Steel was the first billion dollar company in the world, worth $1.4 billion in 1901.

In 1916, in the year of Ernest 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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