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Joseph James Watson (1878 - 1940)

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Joseph James Watson
1878 - 1940
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1878
Ho Th, Australia
Death
1940
Melbne, Australia
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Melbne, Australia
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Joseph James Watson was born in 1878 in Ho Th, Australia. He is the child of Joseph Watson and Susan Foote (Baker) Watson. He died in 1940 in Melbne, Australia at 62 years of age.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Joseph James Watson died in 1940 in Melbne, Australia at age 62. He was born in 1878 in Ho Th, Australia. He is the child of Joseph Watson and Susan Foote (Baker) Watson.
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In 1878, in the year that Joseph James Watson was born, on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

In 1882, at the age of only 4 years old, Joseph was alive when on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1895, by the time he was 17 years old, 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 1901, he was 23 years old when Edward VII succeeded Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria of England had become Queen in 1837 and reigned until her death in 1901. Her 63 year reign was the longest in history prior to Elizabeth II who recently broke her record. The time during which she led the country was known as the Victorian era and she presided over great changes in the United Kingdom, including the expansion of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution.

In 1940, in the year of Joseph James Watson's passing, in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

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