Francis Vincent Downard

(1940 - 1958)

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Francis Vincent Downard
1940 - 1958
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1940
Death
1958
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Francis Vincent Downard was born in 1940. He was born to Raymond Arthur Downard and Kathleen Noree Coram Downard. He died in 1958 in Fitzroy, Australia at 18 years old.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Francis Vincent Downard died in 1958 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 18. He was born in 1940. He was born to Raymond Arthur Downard and Kathleen Noree Coram Downard.

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In 1940, in the year that Francis Vincent Downard was born, on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

In 1953, when he was merely 13 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1955, at the age of merely 15 years old, Francis was alive when on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

In 1956, he was 16 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1958, in the year of Francis Vincent Downard's passing, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

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