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James Mathis/ Matthews (1914 - 1956)

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James Mathis/ Matthews
1914 - 1956
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1914
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee United States
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1956
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky United States
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Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky United States
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James Mathis/ Matthews was born in 1914 in Knoxville, Tennessee United States. He died in 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky United States at age 42.
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James Mathis/ Matthews died in 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky United States at 42 years old. He was born in 1914 in Knoxville, Tennessee United States. We have no information about James' immediate family.
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In 1914, in the year that James Mathis/ Matthews was born, 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 just 11 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 1934, by the time he was 20 years old, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1948, by the time he was 34 years old, on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1956, in the year of James Mathis/ Matthews'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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