John Bowen (1884 - 1953)

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Philip Hubert Bowen

Philip Hubert Bowen

Tad Edwin Bowen

Tad Edwin Bowen

Andrew Joseph Bowen

Andrew Joseph Bowen

Marjorie Louise Bowen

Marjorie Louise Bowen

Callaway Mills, Georgia

Callaway Mills, Georgia

Joreene Carson

Joreene Carson

James Howard Bowen

James Howard Bowen

Eva Berniece Bowen

Eva Berniece Bowen

William Claude Bowen

William Claude Bowen

William & Mattie Bowen

William & Mattie Bowen

Lummie & Mattie (Walker) Bowen

Lummie & Mattie (Walker) Bowen

Arthur Pendragon Bowen wedding

Arthur Pendragon Bowen wedding

John & Tennie Bowen Gravesite

John & Tennie Bowen Gravesite

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David & Bessie (Bowen) Peck Philip Hubert Bowen Tad Edwin Bowen Andrew Joseph Bowen

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1884 - In the year that John Bowen was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

1910 - By the time he was 26 years old, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

1931 - When he was 47 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.

1940 - At the age of 56 years old, John was alive when on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

1953 - In the year of John Bowen's passing, actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

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John Bowen died in April 1953 at 68 years old. There is no known cause of death for John. He was born on December 25, 1884. There is no information about John's family or relationships.

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