John Martin (1880 - 1969)

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John Martin
1880 - 1969
Born
July 20, 1880
Death
January 1969
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Salem, Salem County, Virginia 24153
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John Martin was born on July 20, 1880. He died in January 1969 at 88 years of age. We know that John Martin had been residing in Salem, Salem County, Virginia 24153.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Martin passed away in January 1969 at 88 years of age. He was born on July 20, 1880. We have no information about John's immediate family. We know that John Martin had been residing in Salem, Salem County, Virginia 24153.

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In 1880, in the year that John Martin was born, on February 2nd the city of Wabash, Indiana became the third city in the world to be lit by electricity.

In 1895, he was just 15 years old when on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1907, when he was 27 years old, the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1928, by the time he was 48 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1969, in the year of John Martin's passing, on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

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