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Harry Fereday Wright (1888 - 1954)

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Harry Fereday Wright
1888 - 1954
Born
October 18, 1888
West Bromwich, England England
Death
March 1954
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Harry Fereday Wright was born on October 18, 1888 in West Bromwich, England England. He died in March 1954 at age 65.
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Harry Fereday Wright (12 Oct 1888–Mar 1954) was an English footballer who played in Chesterfield, Newport County, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wright played for West Bromwich Albion in the 1912 FA Cup Final where they lost 1–0 to Barnsley. He was an inside forward. Harry was also a butcher (third generation). He married Constance Jewell and they had three children together. Constance died aged 28 of complications relating to the Spanish flu. He then married Helena Eva Ingle and they had four children together. He died in March 1954 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, at the age of 65.
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Harry Fereday Wright passed away in March 1954 at 65 years of age. He was born on October 18, 1888 in West Bromwich, England England. We are unaware of information about Harry's family.
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1888 - 1954 World Events

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In 1888, in the year that Harry Fereday Wright was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1896, he was just 8 years old when on August 17th, the first pedestrian v car fatality occurred in Great Britain. Bridget Driscoll, age 44, was walking with her family on the grounds of The Crystal Palace in London when she was hit by a car driven by Arthur James Edsall. Edsall claimed to be going 4.5 mph and Driscoll's death was ruled an "accidental death" after an inquest.

In 1927, at the age of 39 years old, Harry was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1949, by the time he was 61 years old, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1954, in the year of Harry Fereday Wright's passing, on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

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