James Alfred Frecker

(1884 - 1959)

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James Alfred Frecker
1884 - 1959
Born
1884
Preston, Australia
Death
1959
Surr, Australia
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Preston, Australia
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James Alfred Frecker was born in 1884 in Preston, Australia. He was born to Clara Hooker Frecker, with sibling Alfred. He died in 1959 in Surr, Australia at 75 years old.
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James Alfred Frecker passed away in 1959 in Surr, Australia at 75 years of age. He was born in 1884 in Preston, Australia. He was born to Clara Hooker Frecker, with sibling Alfred.

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In 1884, in the year that James Alfred Frecker was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1899, at the age of just 15 years old, James was alive when the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1915, by the time he was 31 years old, 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 1949, by the time he was 65 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1959, in the year of James Alfred Frecker's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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