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Francis Xavier Mcgowan (1899 - 1975)

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Francis Xavier Mcgowan
1899 - 1975
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1899
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1975
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Francis Xavier Mcgowan was born in 1899. He is the child of Thomas Josep Mcgowan and Mary Teresa Lawson Mcgowan. He died in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia at 76 years old.
Updated: September 4, 2013
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Francis Xavier Mcgowan died in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia at 76 years of age. He was born in 1899. He is the child of Thomas Josep Mcgowan and Mary Teresa Lawson Mcgowan.
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In 1899, in the year that Francis Xavier Mcgowan was born, on February 14th, the first voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections. Several states were already using voting machines in their elections and the Federal government was finally convinced of their safety and accuracy.

In 1904, Francis was just 5 years old when the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

In 1912, at the age of only 13 years old, Francis was alive when in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1942, when he was 43 years old, from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1975, in the year of Francis Xavier Mcgowan's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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