John Bruce Cowan (1917 - 1946)

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Birth

Death


Heidelberg, Australia

Cause of death

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Burial / Funeral

Springvale War Cemetery Melbourne,
Australia

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Last Known Residence

Heidelberg, Australia

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Family

Father: Cowan John Andrew Cowan
Mother: Emblem Raglus Cowan

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Military Service

Service number: v18210
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Australian Army Pay Corps

Middle name

Bruce

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Gender

Male

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1917 - In the year that John Bruce Cowan was born, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

1921 - When he was only 4 years old, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

1931 - When he was merely 14 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

1940 - He was 23 years old when in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

1946 - In the year of John Bruce Cowan's passing, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

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John Bruce Cowan passed away on July 10, 1946 in Heidelberg, Australia at 29 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. He was buried in Springvale War Cemetery Melbourne, Australia. John was born in 1917. He was born to Cowan John Andrew Cowan and Emblem Raglus Cowan, and we currently have no other siblings in his family tree.

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