Norman Gordon Koetsveld (1886 - 1964)

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Norman Gordon Koetsveld
1886 - 1964
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1886
Bull, Australia
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1964
Daylesford, Australia
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Daylesford, Australia
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Norman Gordon Koetsveld was born in 1886 in Bull, Australia. He was born to John Koetsveld and Elizabeth Walker Koetsveld. He died in 1964 in Daylesford, Australia at 78 years old.
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Norman Gordon Koetsveld died in 1964 in Daylesford, Australia at age 78. He was born in 1886 in Bull, Australia. He was born to John Koetsveld and Elizabeth Walker Koetsveld.

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In 1886, in the year that Norman Gordon Koetsveld was born, on January 5th, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson's book the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published. Immediately popular, the paperback book was sold for $1 in the U.S. - almost $25 today. Stevenson's stepson said that he wrote the first draft in under 3 days.

In 1903, when he was 17 years old, the first World Series of American baseball was played between October 1st and 13th. The Boston Americans of the American League played the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Boston came back from a three game to one deficit, winning the final four games to capture the title - such a large comeback wouldn't be repeated by a team until 1925. (A total of eight games were played.)

In 1926, he was 40 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 1940, by the time he was 54 years old, on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1964, in the year of Norman Gordon Koetsveld's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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