Harry Wells (1897 - 1956)

Harry Wells
1897 - 1956
updated February 06, 2019
Harry Wells was born on September 8, 1897. He died in June 1956 at 58 years of age.


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Harry Wells died in June 1956 at age 58. He was born on September 8, 1897. We are unaware of information about Harry's family or relationships.
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In 1897, in the year that Harry Wells was born, 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 1900, he was merely 3 years old when Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1926, he was 29 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1938, Harry was 41 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 1956, in the year of Harry Wells's passing, 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.

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Dec 22, 1882 - Jun 28, 1962
around 1892 - Mar 2, 1918
around 1886 - Oct 23, 1918
Unknown - Sep 22, 1914
around 1895 - Aug 10, 1918
around 1897 - May 3, 1917
around 1879 - Sep 21, 1917
around 1899 - Aug 8, 1918
around 1894 - Oct 25, 1918
Unknown - Jun 10, 1942
around 1890 - Sep 22, 1914
around 1876 - Nov 13, 1917
Unknown - Apr 27, 1915
Unknown - Oct 4, 1917
around 1898 - Apr 11, 1918
around 1897 - Sep 15, 1916
Unknown - Sep 25, 1915
Unknown - Jun 28, 1915
around 1888 - Sep 25, 1915
around 1875 - Mar 4, 1917

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Jul 30, 1911 - Nov 4, 2009
May 23, 1901 - Jul 4, 1989
Jun 13, 1896 - May 1966
Mar 28, 1906 - January 1966
Apr 14, 1916 - February 1972
May 6, 1911 - May 1978
Nov 11, 1888 - July 1970
Feb 22, 1912 - Apr 2, 1999
Jan 31, 1893 - November 1970
Jul 26, 1907 - July 1979
Jan 3, 1909 - February 1971
Nov 15, 1894 - April 1972
Feb 22, 1898 - January 1972
Jul 31, 1914 - October 1994
Mar 31, 1917 - May 6, 1990
May 17, 1906 - February 1969
Jan 25, 1907 - December 1964
Sep 27, 1914 - April 1966
Aug 23, 1909 - Jan 28, 1988
Jan 10, 1911 - Nov 13, 1989

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Oct 6, 1886 - December 1963
Feb 20, 1915 - Oct 14, 1987
Nov 12, 1899 - March 1972
May 2, 1904 - August 1978
Sep 7, 1897 - October 1964
Feb 28, 1917 - Jul 24, 1944
Apr 14, 1903 - September 1976
Apr 11, 1917 - Mar 21, 2001
Oct 17, 1881 - June 1969
Dec 4, 1909 - Oct 23, 1988
Jan 2, 1902 - Jan 20, 1994
Apr 4, 1906 - October 1946
Mar 11, 1892 - April 1967
Feb 9, 1903 - July 1977
Oct 21, 1889 - July 1974
Jan 1, 1916 - November 1981
Mar 4, 1906 - January 1970
Dec 6, 1903 - June 1972
Dec 1, 1916 - March 1970
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