Tom Atkinson (1889 - 1950)

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Tom Atkinson
1889 - 1950
Coburg, Australia
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Coburg, Australia
Tom Atkinson was born in 1889. He is the child of Chanceler Atkinson and Sarah Smith Atkinson. He died in 1950 in Coburg, Australia at 61 years old.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Tom Atkinson died in 1950 in Coburg, Australia at 61 years of age. He was born in 1889. He is the child of Chanceler Atkinson and Sarah Smith Atkinson.

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In 1889, in the year that Tom Atkinson was born, on April 20th, Adolf Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary - now Austria. In his early 30's, he began his rise to power in German politics, eventually becoming the leader of the Nazi Party and F├╝hrer of Nazi Germany. He presided over the death of millions of civilians as well as leading Germany through World War II.

In 1899, when he was only 10 years old, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1935, Tom was 46 years old when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1946, by the time he was 57 years old, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1950, in the year of Tom Atkinson'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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