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James Edward Booth (1888 - 1918)

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James Edward Booth
1888 - 1918
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c. 1888
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April 27, 1918
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James Edward Booth was born c. 1888. He died on April 27, 1918 at 30 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 3866 Rank: Private Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers Unit/ship/squadron: c Coy 11th Bn.
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James Edward Booth passed away on April 27, 1918 at 30 years old. he was buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery I. A. 10., France. He was born c. 1888. There is no information about James' immediate family.
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In 1888, in the year that James Edward Booth was born, Irishman John Robert Gregg published a pamphlet in the U.S., teaching his first version of shorthand - Gregg shorthand. When he improved on the first version and published it 5 years later, Gregg shorthand became popular.

In 1890, James was just 2 years old when on October 9th, in Satory, France, the first fixed-wing, steam powered aircraft flew. "Ader √Čole" flew, uncontrolled, for about 160 ft. at a height of just under 8 inches off the ground.

In 1898, at the age of merely 10 years old, James was alive when on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1909, James was 21 years old when the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1918, in the year of James Edward Booth's passing, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

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