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George Thomas Hannan (1865 - 1950)

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George Thomas Hannan
1865 - 1950
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1865
Emer, Australia
Death
1950
Parkville, Australia
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Parkville, Australia
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George Thomas Hannan was born in 1865 in Emer, Australia. He is the child of Alexander Hannan and Mary Ann (Steadman) Hannan. He died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at 85 years old.
Updated: July 25, 2019
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George Thomas Hannan died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at 85 years of age. He was born in 1865 in Emer, Australia. He is the child of Alexander Hannan and Mary Ann (Steadman) Hannan.
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In 1865, in the year that George Thomas Hannan was born, on September 26th, Champ Ferguson, a Confederate guerrilla, became the first person to be convicted of war crimes arising from the Civil War. (There was only one other person convicted of war crimes in the Civil War.) He was found guilty by a U.S. Army tribunal on 23 charges arising from the murder of 53 people. On October 20, he was hung.

In 1880, when he was merely 15 years old, on February 4th, five members of one family in Ontario, Canada were killed and their farm was burned by a mob. Called the Black Donnelly Massacre, the Irish family had been feuding with other citizens of the town. No one was ever convicted.

In 1915, he was 50 years old when the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1921, at the age of 56 years old, George was alive when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1950, in the year of George Thomas Hannan's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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