John Thomas Brown

(1873 - 1959)

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John Thomas Brown
1873 - 1959
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1873
Death
1959
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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John Thomas Brown was born in 1873. He was born to Matthew Brown and Annie Ellingworth Brown. He died in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at 86 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Thomas Brown passed away in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at 86 years old. He was born in 1873. He was born to Matthew Brown and Annie Ellingworth Brown.

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In 1873, in the year that John Thomas Brown was born, on September 18th, the New York stock market crash - due to the failure of a number of banks - began the Panic of 1873. After the boom following the Civil War, the Coinage Act of 1873 and other factors led to the market crash. Thus began the "Long Depression" - also called the "Great Depression" until the 1930's.

In 1898, at the age of 25 years old, John was alive when 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 1916, when he was 43 years old, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1925, by the time he was 52 years old, gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

In 1959, in the year of John Thomas Brown's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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