Joseph Thomas Watson (1895 - 1941)

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Joseph Thomas Watson
1895 - 1941
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c. 1895
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February 24, 1941
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Joseph Thomas Watson was born c. 1895. He died on February 24, 1941 at age 46.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 61 in United Kingdom
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Service number: p/sbr 4932
Rank: Leading Sick Berth Attendant
Regiment: Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve
Unit/ship/squadron: H.m.s. Manistee

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Joseph Thomas Watson died on February 24, 1941 at 46 years old. He was buried in Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 61, United Kingdom. He was born c. 1895. We are unaware of information about Joseph's family.

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In 1895, in the year that Joseph Thomas Watson was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1905, he was merely 10 years old when the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

In 1929, he was 34 years old when on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1930, at the age of 35 years old, Joseph was alive when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1941, in the year of Joseph Thomas Watson's passing, in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

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