John Downey (1898 - 1973)

John Downey
1898 - 1973
updated February 06, 2019
John Downey was born on October 11, 1898. He died in April 1973 at 74 years of age. We know that John Downey had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19146.


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John Downey died in April 1973 at 74 years old. He was born on October 11, 1898. There is no information about John's family or relationships. We know that John Downey had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19146.
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In 1898, in the year that John Downey was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1904, he was merely 6 years old when the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1934, he was 36 years old when on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1951, John was 53 years old 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 1973, in the year of John Downey's passing, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

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Other John Downeys

Unknown - Unknown
around 1888 - Nov 12, 1917
around 1868 - Dec 30, 1915
around 1886 - Sep 21, 1914
around 1894 - Sep 22, 1914
Unknown - May 22, 1916
around 1924 - Jul 9, 1944
around 1908 - Apr 15, 1944
Unknown - Oct 24, 1918
Unknown - Nov 10, 1917
Unknown - Apr 22, 1918
around 1894 - Nov 7, 1917
Unknown - Dec 15, 1916
Unknown - Apr 17, 1918
Unknown - Jul 1, 1916
Unknown - Aug 28, 1915
Unknown - Sep 21, 1917
around 1877 - Aug 9, 1916
around 1927 - Unknown
around 1926 - Unknown

Other Downeys

Sep 6, 1907 - April 1986
Apr 25, 1919 - Nov 14, 1988
Jul 23, 1928 - Sep 8, 1996
Dec 15, 1925 - Feb 21, 1992
Jan 4, 1935 - Nov 28, 2001
Feb 18, 1914 - Aug 11, 1999
Oct 12, 1928 - Oct 25, 2007
Nov 10, 1935 - Jan 19, 1998
Jan 13, 1915 - May 1, 1992
Oct 2, 1897 - September 1967
Jul 10, 1909 - Jun 1, 1990
Jan 19, 1892 - December 1964
May 31, 1918 - March 1982
Jan 9, 1915 - May 17, 2004
May 16, 1918 - September 1995
Dec 23, 1922 - Sep 9, 1988
Jun 16, 1907 - March 1979
Jul 26, 1929 - Jun 30, 2002
Jul 25, 1918 - May 17, 1998
Aug 13, 1881 - March 1967

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Jul 10, 1917 - Sep 20, 1989
May 14, 1898 - January 1988
Sep 9, 1900 - Feb 28, 2001
Aug 20, 1895 - March 1971
Dec 19, 1885 - December 1976
Feb 19, 1897 - Jul 16, 1989
Mar 15, 1909 - December 1994
Mar 3, 1898 - Jun 11, 1988
Sep 17, 1915 - May 1973
Mar 2, 1916 - Apr 15, 1989
Jul 16, 1907 - November 1980
Jul 22, 1912 - Jan 3, 2000
Nov 9, 1917 - July 1985
Mar 9, 1914 - Apr 11, 1996
Mar 24, 1897 - May 1966
Mar 25, 1882 - May 1970
Mar 15, 1895 - October 1981
Nov 10, 1897 - February 1986
Sep 28, 1902 - September 1983
Feb 24, 1916 - May 19, 2009
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