James Waddell Stark (1883 - 1962)

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James Waddell Stark
1883 - 1962
Brighton, Australia
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Brighton, Australia
James Waddell Stark was born in 1883. He was born to Matthew Stark and Elizabeth Sharpe Stark. He died in 1962 in Brighton, Australia at 79 years old.
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James Waddell Stark died in 1962 in Brighton, Australia at age 79. He was born in 1883. He was born to Matthew Stark and Elizabeth Sharpe Stark.

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In 1883, in the year that James Waddell Stark was born, on May 24th, the Brooklyn Bridge - one of the oldest bridges in the US - was opened to traffic. Bridge construction began in 1869 and took 14 years to complete.

In 1898, he was only 15 years old when on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1910, he was 27 years old when Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1954, James was 71 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1962, in the year of James Waddell Stark's passing, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

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