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John Ryan (1895 - 1917)

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John Ryan
1895 - 1917
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c. 1895
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October 9, 1917
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John Ryan was born c. 1895. He died on October 9, 1917 at 22 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: london Z/4133 Rank: Able Seaman Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: h.m.s. champagne.
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John Ryan died on October 9, 1917 at 22 years old. He was buried in Chatham Naval Memorial 27., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1895. We are unaware of information about John's surviving family.
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1895 - 1917 World Events

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In 1895, in the year that John Ryan was born, on September 3rd, in Latrobe, PA, the first professional football game was played. The game was between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe won 12 - 0.

In 1900, when he was merely 5 years old, when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1908, John was just 13 years old when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1917, in the year of John Ryan's passing, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

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