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Joseph Alexander Henry (1839 - 1925)

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Joseph Alexander Henry
1839 - 1925
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January 17, 1839
Death
March 1925
Mt Olive, MS
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Joseph Alexander Henry was born on January 17, 1839. He died in March 1925 at Mt Olive, MS at 86 years old.
Updated: August 25, 2011
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Joseph Alexander Henry passed away in March 1925 at Mt Olive, MS at 86 years old. He was buried in Mt Olive, MS. He was born on January 17, 1839. There is no information about Joseph's family or relationships.
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In 1839, in the year that Joseph Alexander Henry was born, on January 2nd, the first photo of the Moon was taken by Louis Daguerre, known as the "father of photography". The following June, he applied for and got a patent for his camera - to which France acquired the rights in exchange for a lifetime pension for Louis and his co-inventor's nephew. The camera was available to the public by September. It cost 400 francs (about $50 US then, almost $1270 today) and weighed 120 pounds.

In 1844, when he was merely 5 years old, in June and July, the "Great Flood of 1844" occurred on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers - the largest flood recorded in that area. The population in the area was sparse at the time, though, so the flood didn't have a lot of economic impact. The biggest loss was to the Wyandot Indians - 100 people died from diseases caused by the flood.

In 1869, he was 30 years old when on February 5th, prospectors in Victoria, Australia, discovered the biggest loose gold nugget ever found. Known as the "Welcome Stranger", it was discovered only 1.2 inches below ground and weighed a whopping 214.1 lbs. It would be worth over $4 million today.

In 1894, at the age of 55 years old, Joseph was alive when on April 21st, a coal miners' strike closed mines throughout the central United States. The Panic of 1893, and the resulting depression, hit coal miners hard and the miners only struck for 8 weeks - they couldn't afford to live without their wages any longer.

In 1925, in the year of Joseph Alexander Henry's passing, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

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