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Kenneth Douglas Watson (1918 - 1943)

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Kenneth Douglas Watson
1918 - 1943
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c. 1918
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November 11, 1943
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Kenneth Douglas Watson was born c. 1918. He died on November 11, 1943 at 25 years of age.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Service number: t/144397 Rank: Driver Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps Unit/ship/squadron: 17 Gen. Transport Coy.
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Kenneth Douglas Watson passed away on November 11, 1943 at age 25. He was buried in Brookwood Memorial Panel 17. Column 2., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1918. We have no information about Kenneth's family or relationships.
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In 1918, in the year that Kenneth Douglas Watson was born, federal spending was $12.68 billion, unemployment was 1.4% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents.

In 1923, at the age of only 5 years old, Kenneth was alive when on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1926, Kenneth was merely 8 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1939, by the time he was 21 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1943, in the year of Kenneth Douglas Watson's passing, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

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