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James William Cameron (1911 - 1968)

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James William Cameron
1911 - 1968
Born
1911
Port Melbourne, Australia
Death
1968
Prahran, Australia
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Port Melbourne, Australia
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James William Cameron was born in 1911 in Port Melbourne, Australia. He is the child of Colin Cameron and Isabella Layton Cameron. He died in 1968 in Prahran, Australia at 57 years old.
Updated: September 8, 2019
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James William Cameron died in 1968 in Prahran, Australia at age 57. He was born in 1911 in Port Melbourne, Australia. He is the child of Colin Cameron and Isabella Layton Cameron.
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In 1911, in the year that James William Cameron was born, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1936, at the age of 25 years old, James was alive when on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

In 1943, when he was 32 years old, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1956, at the age of 45 years old, James was alive when 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.

In 1968, in the year of James William Cameron's passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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