Frederick John Obrien (1877 - 1959)

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Frederick John Obrien
1877 - 1959
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1877
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1959
Richmond, Australia
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Richmond, Australia
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Frederick John Obrien was born in 1877. He was born to Oconnor Michae Obrien and Hannah Crane Obrien. He died in 1959 in Richmond, Australia at age 82.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Frederick John Obrien passed away in 1959 in Richmond, Australia at 82 years of age. He was born in 1877. He was born to Oconnor Michae Obrien and Hannah Crane Obrien.

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In 1877, in the year that Frederick John Obrien was born, on January 8th, the Battle of Wolf Mountain occurred in southern Montana Territory. Crazy Horse, Two Moon, and their warriors fought the United States Cavalry. The battle was a tactical draw and by May, Crazy Horse and his followers had surrendered at Camp Robinson.

In 1897, when he was 20 years old, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1919, when he was 42 years old, in Norfolk Virginia, the first rotary dial telephones were introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), making it easier to make a call without an operator.

In 1938, Frederick was 61 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1959, in the year of Frederick John Obrien's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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