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John Ambrose George Shapland (1894 - 1961)

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John Ambrose George Shapland
1894 - 1961
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1894
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1961
Swan, Australia
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Swan, Australia
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John Ambrose George Shapland was born in 1894. He is the child of Aaron Shapland and Jessie Sheppard Shapland. He died in 1961 in Swan, Australia at 67 years old.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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John Ambrose George Shapland passed away in 1961 in Swan, Australia at age 67. He was born in 1894. He is the child of Aaron Shapland and Jessie Sheppard Shapland.
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In 1894, in the year that John Ambrose George Shapland was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1904, by the time he was merely 10 years old, the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

In 1931, when he was 37 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1958, by the time he was 64 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1961, in the year of John Ambrose George Shapland's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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