Thomas Albert Johnston (1911 - 1959)

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Thomas Albert Johnston
1911 - 1959
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1911
Carlton, Australia
Death
1959
Carlton, Australia
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Carlton, Australia
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Thomas Albert Johnston was born in 1911 in Carlton, Australia. He is the child of Thomas Johnston and Susan Jane (Kolbe) Johnston. He died in 1959 in Carlton, Australia at age 48.
Updated: August 12, 2019
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Thomas Albert Johnston passed away in 1959 in Carlton, Australia at age 48. He was born in 1911 in Carlton, Australia. He is the child of Thomas Johnston and Susan Jane (Kolbe) Johnston.

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In 1911, in the year that Thomas Albert Johnston was born, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, along with four fellow Norwegian explorers. After hearing that Peary had beaten him to the North Pole, Amundsen decided to tackle the South Pole. On December 14th, he succeeded.

In 1929, he was 18 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1931, when he was 20 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1941, at the age of 30 years old, Thomas was alive when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1959, in the year of Thomas Albert Johnston's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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