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Kenneth Ernest Watson (1910 - 1943)

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Kenneth Ernest Watson
1910 - 1943
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c. 1910
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August 18, 1943
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Kenneth Ernest Watson was born c. 1910. He died on August 18, 1943 at age 33.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Service number: 1433407 Rank: Sergeant Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: 49 Sqdn.
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Kenneth Ernest Watson passed away on August 18, 1943 at age 33. He was buried in Runnymede Memorial Panel 168., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1910. We have no information about Kenneth's family or relationships.
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In 1910, in the year that Kenneth Ernest Watson was born, Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1924, Kenneth was just 14 years old when in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1929, Kenneth was 19 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1934, by the time he was 24 years old, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1943, in the year of Kenneth Ernest Watson's passing, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

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