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John Burns Mcgowan (1896 - 1950)

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John Burns Mcgowan
1896 - 1950
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1896
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1950
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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John Burns Mcgowan was born in 1896. He is the child of Witham Mcgowan and Sarah Burns Mcgowan. He died in 1950 in Fitzroy, Australia at 54 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Burns Mcgowan died in 1950 in Fitzroy, Australia at 54 years of age. He was born in 1896. He is the child of Witham Mcgowan and Sarah Burns Mcgowan.
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In 1896, in the year that John Burns Mcgowan was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1914, when he was 18 years old, in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

In 1931, when he was 35 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 1946, he was 50 years old when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1950, in the year of John Burns Mcgowan's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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