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Joseph Hocking (1882 - 1950)

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Joseph Hocking
1882 - 1950
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1882
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1950
Bendigo, Australia
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Bendigo, Australia
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Joseph Hocking was born in 1882. He is the child of Josiah Hocking and Mary Jane Dunn Hocking. He died in 1950 in Bendigo, Australia at age 68.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Joseph Hocking passed away in 1950 in Bendigo, Australia at age 68. He was born in 1882. He is the child of Josiah Hocking and Mary Jane Dunn Hocking.
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In 1882, in the year that Joseph Hocking was born, on August 3rd, President Chester Arthur signed the 1882 Immigration Act. "Criminals, the insane, or any person unable to take care of him or herself" were not allowed in the U.S. according to the Act. It also imposed a "head tax" on non-citizens entering the U.S.

In 1898, Joseph was 16 years old when magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled 84% of the oil and pipelines in the United States. Rockefeller grew Standard Oil through the merger of several other small oil companies throughout the U.S., creating a monopoly.

In 1909, by the time he was 27 years old, the New York Times published the first movie review. It was a report on D.W. Griffith's movie "Pippa Passes" also called "The Song of Conscience", a silent film. The review said that this work was moving away from "lurid material that attracted the wrath of censors and concerned citizens and toward more respectable ends. The movie was the story of a young female factory worker, on her day off, wandering and singing - thus changing the hearts of those around her towards good.

In 1923, Joseph was 41 years old when on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

In 1950, in the year of Joseph Hocking's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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