Leonard William Stephens (1882 - 1961)

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Leonard William Stephens
1882 - 1961
Blam, Australia
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Blam, Australia
Leonard William Stephens was born in 1882. He is the child of Edwin Stephens and Edith Emily Bullen Stephens. He died in 1961 in Blam, Australia at age 79.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Leonard William Stephens passed away in 1961 in Blam, Australia at age 79. He was born in 1882. He is the child of Edwin Stephens and Edith Emily Bullen Stephens.

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In 1882, in the year that Leonard William Stephens was born, on March 22nd, the Edmunds Act - passed by Congress - made polygamy a felony. The Act also banned "bigamous" relationships and "unlawful cohabitation", making it illegal for polygamists and those who simply lived together without marrying to vote, be on a jury, or hold a public office.

In 1895, he was only 13 years old when on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1916, by the time he was 34 years old, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

In 1959, when he was 77 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1961, in the year of Leonard William Stephens's passing, on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

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