John Owen (1880 - 1968)

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Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi

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

1891 - By the time he was just 11 years old, 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.

1923 - He was 43 years old when on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

1957 - When he was 77 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

1968 - In the year of John Owen's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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John Owen died in January 1968 at 87 years of age. There is no known cause of death. He was born on July 11, 1880. There is no information about John's surviving family. We know that John Owen had been residing in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi.

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