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John Donovan (1891 - 1975)

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John Donovan
1891 - 1975
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August 13, 1891
Death
October 1975
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Ashuelot, Cheshire County, New Hampshire 03441
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John Donovan was born on August 13, 1891. He died in October 1975 at 84 years of age. We know that John Donovan had been residing in Ashuelot, Cheshire County, New Hampshire 03441.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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John Donovan died in October 1975 at age 84. He was born on August 13, 1891. We are unaware of information about John's immediate family. We know that John Donovan had been residing in Ashuelot, Cheshire County, New Hampshire 03441.
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1891 - 1975 World Events

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In 1891, in the year that John Donovan was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1914, he was 23 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1942, he was 51 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1951, at the age of 60 years old, John was alive when on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1975, in the year of John Donovan's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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