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Richard Collins (1855 - 1887)

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Richard Collins
1855 - 1887
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1855
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1887
W Gatta, Australia
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W Gatta, Australia
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Richard Collins was born in 1855. He is the child of Richard Collins and Mary Jones Collins. He died in 1887 in W Gatta, Australia at 32 years old.
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Richard Collins died in 1887 in W Gatta, Australia at 32 years of age. He was born in 1855. He is the child of Richard Collins and Mary Jones Collins.
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In 1855, in the year that Richard Collins was born, on November 17th, David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer, became the first known European to see Victoria Falls. He named the falls in honor of Queen Victoria but locally it was - and is - Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means "The Smoke That Thunders".

In 1861, at the age of merely 6 years old, Richard was alive when The Royal Seminary (Sweden) became the first institute of its kind in Sweden to be open to women, allowing women to obtain a teaching degree.

In 1863, he was only 8 years old when in January, British scientist John Tyndall proved the greenhouse effect - which had been widely theorized, but not proven, by scientists.

In 1879, when he was 24 years old, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1887, in the year of Richard Collins's passing, on January 28th, the largest recorded snowflakes fell in a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana. They were supposed to have been 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. A rancher in the area said that they were “larger than milk pans”. A Wild West tall tale? Not according to the Guinness World Records book.

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