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John William Turner (1882 - 1914)

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John William Turner
1882 - 1914
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c. 1882
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September 9, 1914
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John William Turner was born c. 1882. He died on September 9, 1914 at age 32.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Service number: 12616 Rank: Private Regiment: Welsh Regiment Unit/ship/squadron: 8th Bn.
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John William Turner died on September 9, 1914 at 32 years of age. He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery C. 115., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1882. There is no information about John's surviving family.
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In 1882, in the year that John William Turner was born, on January 5th, writer and lawyer Charles J. Guiteau was found guilty of the assassination of President Garfield. Guiteau was "offended" because his job applications had been rejected by Garfield's government. He was sentenced to death -although his lawyer plead insanity - and hanged five months later, on June 30th.

In 1894, John was only 12 years old when large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1899, when he was 17 years old, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1906, by the time he was 24 years old, the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

In 1914, in the year of John William Turner's passing, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

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