Robert Thompson (1861 - 1950)

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Robert Thompson
1861 - 1950
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1861
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1950
Ewick, Australia
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Ewick, Australia
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Robert Thompson was born in 1861. He is the child of John Thompson and Mary Edington Thompson. He died in 1950 in Ewick, Australia at 89 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Robert Thompson died in 1950 in Ewick, Australia at 89 years old. He was born in 1861. He is the child of John Thompson and Mary Edington Thompson.

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In 1861, in the year that Robert Thompson was born, on April 12th, the Civil War began with shots fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The Confederate Army attacked the Fort a little over a month after the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln. Fort Sumter surrendered the next day.

In 1898, when he was 37 years old, on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1909, at the age of 48 years old, Robert was alive when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1913, Robert was 52 years old when the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1950, in the year of Robert Thompson's passing, on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

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