Joseph Williamson (1907 - 1987)

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Joseph Williamson
1907 - 1987
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March 12, 1907
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February 1987
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Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City County, Virginia 22401
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Joseph Williamson was born on March 12, 1907. He died in February 1987 at age 79. We know that Joseph Williamson had been residing in Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City County, Virginia 22401.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Joseph Williamson passed away in February 1987 at 79 years of age. He was born on March 12, 1907. We have no information about Joseph's family or relationships. We know that Joseph Williamson had been residing in Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City County, Virginia 22401.

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In 1907, in the year that Joseph Williamson was born, in October, over a 3 week period, the New York stock exchange fell almost 50% from the previous year's high mark. Public panic ensued and there were runs on banks since the U.S. was in the middle of a recession. J.P. Morgan offered his own fortune to back the banks and he was followed by other financiers. This temporarily shored up the banking system, stopping the immediate panic. All of this led to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

In 1917, by the time he was only 10 years old, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

In 1927, Joseph was 20 years old when 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 1956, Joseph was 49 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1987, in the year of Joseph Williamson's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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