Reginald Conran Wyly (1880 - 1965)

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Reginald Conran Wyly
1880 - 1965
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Australia
Reginald Conran Wyly of Melbourne Australia was born in 1880 to Alexander Pe Wyly and Alexa Julia Glance Wyly. Reginald Wyly died at age 85 years old in 1965 in Melbourne.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Reginald Wyly passed away at age 85 years old in 1965 in Melbourne. Reginald Conran Wyly of Melbourne Australia was born in 1880 to Alexander Pe Wyly and Alexa Julia Glance Wyly.

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In 1880, in the year that Reginald Conran Wyly was born, in October, the "Blizzard of 1880" began in North America - considered the most severe winter ever known in the US. Many areas were snowbound throughout the whole winter, which was made famous in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter.

In 1913, at the age of 33 years old, Reginald was alive when Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States in March. Previously the Governor of New Jersey and President of Princeton University, he was the first Southerner to serve as President since Zachary Taylor, over 60 years previous. A Democrat, he led the U.S. during World War I and championed the League of Nations.

In 1921, he was 41 years old when in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1930, Reginald was 50 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1965, in the year of Reginald Conran Wyly's passing, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

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