Joseph Michael Egan (1880 - 1949)

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Joseph Michael Egan
1880 - 1949
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1880
Ballan, Australia
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1949
Ballan, Australia
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Joseph Michael Egan was born in 1880 in Ballan, Australia. He is the child of John Egan and Deborah Brown Egan. He died in 1949 in Ballan, Australia at 69 years old.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Joseph Michael Egan died in 1949 in Ballan, Australia at 69 years of age. He was born in 1880 in Ballan, Australia. He is the child of John Egan and Deborah Brown Egan.

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In 1880, in the year that Joseph Michael Egan was born, on August 26th, P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey signed a contract in Bridgeport, CT, creating the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Twenty-seven years later, the Barnum and Bailey would merge with another circus, Ringling Brothers.

In 1915, he was 35 years old when in May, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German torpedo. The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that was sailing from New York to Liverpool England. She sank in 18 minutes - 1,198 died and 761 survived. While travelers were the main casualty - and commodity - the Lusitania did carry wartime weapons. "Remember the Lusitania" became the rallying cry of World War 1.

In 1927, by the time he was 47 years old, 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1937, Joseph was 57 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1949, in the year of Joseph Michael Egan's passing, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

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