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James Bickel Rickard (1878 - 1942)

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James Bickel Rickard
1878 - 1942
Born
October 3, 1878
Honokaa, Hawaii County, Hawaii United States 96727
Death
August 28, 1942
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California United States
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James Bickel Rickard was born on October 3, 1878 in Honokaa, Hawaii United States. He is the child of William Henry Rickard and Norah (Treloar) Rickard, with siblings Nellie, Emma, Louisa, Nora, William, Mary, Willie, Alice, Florence, Walter, Ethel, Harold, Gladys, Cecil, Aileen, Culeen, and Violet. He died on August 28, 1942 in Santa Barbara, California United States at 63 years old.
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James Bickel Rickard died on August 28, 1942 in Santa Barbara, California United States at 63 years of age. He was born on October 3, 1878 in Honokaa, Hawaii United States. He is the child of William Henry Rickard and Norah (Treloar) Rickard, with siblings Nellie, Emma, Louisa, Nora, William, Mary, Willie, Alice, Florence, Walter, Ethel, Harold, Gladys, Cecil, Aileen, Culeen, and Violet.
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1878 - 1942 World Events

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In 1878, in the year that James Bickel Rickard was born, in Africa, the death of the last confirmed Cape lion occurred. The Cape lion was slightly larger than other lions and had black ears, a black mane, and black hair on its belly.

In 1904, at the age of 26 years old, James was alive when the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1914, at the age of 36 years old, James was alive when in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

In 1925, when he was 47 years old, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1942, in the year of James Bickel Rickard's passing, on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

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