Kirkley Thomas Watson (1881 - 1916)

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Kirkley Thomas Watson
1881 - 1916
c. 1881
July 28, 1916
Kirkley Thomas Watson was born c. 1881. Kirkley died on July 28, 1916 at 35 years old.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Kirkley Thomas Watson died on July 28, 1916 at 35 years old. Kirkley was buried in '881' Villers-bretonneux Memorial, 23rd Bn.. Kirkley was born c. 1881. We have no information about Kirkley's surviving family.

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In 1881, in the year that Kirkley Thomas Watson was born, on October 26th, the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" happened in Tombstone, Arizona. The gunfight lasted only 30 seconds - the Earps and Doc Holliday on one side and the "Cowboys" on the other side. The McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton of the Cowboys were killed. Two of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday were wounded.

In 1897, when this person was 16 years old, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1899, at the age of 18 years old, Kirkley was alive when the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1903, Kirkley was 22 years old when the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1916, in the year of Kirkley Thomas Watson's passing, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

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