Richard Allen Russell (1889 - 1903)

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Richard Allen Russell
1889 - 1903
Creswick, Australia
Creswick, Australia
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Creswick, Australia
Richard Allen Russell was born in 1889 in Creswick, Australia. He is the child of John William Russell and Carol Mary (Blackwood) Russell. He died in 1903 in Creswick, Australia at 14 years of age.
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Richard Allen Russell passed away in 1903 in Creswick, Australia at 14 years of age. He was born in 1889 in Creswick, Australia. He is the child of John William Russell and Carol Mary (Blackwood) Russell.
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In 1889, in the year that Richard Allen Russell was born, on March 31st, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Because the elevators were not yet in operation, officials had to climb to the top of the tower - it took an hour. On May 15th, the Tower opened to the public - still without working elevators - but around 30,000 visitors still made the climb. The elevators went into operation on the 26th. The Tower wasn't considered aesthetically pleasing at the time but is now one of the most iconic structures in the world.

In 1890, by the time he was just 1 year old, on December 29th, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in South Dakota on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . The U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment said that they rode into the Lakota camp "trying to disarm" the inhabitants. One person, Black Coyote - who was deaf - held onto his rifle, saying that he paid a lot of money for it. Shots rang out and by the end at least 153 Lakota Sioux - some estimates say 300 - and 25 troops had died. The site of the massacre is a National Historic Landmark.

In 1897, he was just 8 years old when on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1903, in the year of Richard Allen Russell's passing, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was begun by two childhood friends, William Harley and Arthur Davidson - with help from Arthur's brother, Walter. Their first prototype - a "motor-bicycle" - couldn't climb hills without also pedaling, so they went back to the drawing board, and in 1904 their new version came in 4th in a race. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company were the only two major motorcycle companies to survive the Great Depression.

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