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James Victor Whitaker (1897 - 1918)

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James Victor Whitaker
1897 - 1918
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c. 1897
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October 29, 1918
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James Victor Whitaker was born c. 1897. He died on October 29, 1918 at age 21.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Service number: 50946 Rank: Sapper Regiment: New Zealand Engineers
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James Victor Whitaker died on October 29, 1918 at 21 years of age. he was buried in Awoingt British Cemetery Ii. F. 14., France. He was born c. 1897. We are unaware of information about James' family.
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1897 - 1918 World Events

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In 1897, in the year that James Victor Whitaker was born, on July 17th, the Klondike Gold Rush began when the first successful prospectors returned to Seattle after mining in the Yukon. They arrived on the ships Excelsior and Portland, bringing vast quantities of gold - over $32,000,000 in today's money - and everyone rushed to become rich in the Yukon.

In 1900, when he was just 3 years old, 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 1908, James was merely 11 years old when a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1918, in the year of James Victor Whitaker'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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