Victor Whitford Long (1888 - 1960)

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Victor Whitford Long
1888 - 1960
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1888
Ballarat, Australia
Death
1960
Fran, Australia
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Ballarat, Australia
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Victor Whitford Long was born in 1888 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of Mary Jane (Whitford) Long, with sibling William. He died in 1960 in Fran, Australia at age 72.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Victor Whitford Long passed away in 1960 in Fran, Australia at 72 years of age. He was born in 1888 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of Mary Jane (Whitford) Long, with sibling William.

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In 1888, in the year that Victor Whitford Long was born, Irishman John Robert Gregg published a pamphlet in the U.S., teaching his first version of shorthand - Gregg shorthand. When he improved on the first version and published it 5 years later, Gregg shorthand became popular.

In 1895, Victor was just 7 years old when on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1909, Victor was 21 years old 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 1950, when he was 62 years old, on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1960, in the year of Victor Whitford Long's passing, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

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