Wasyl Sawchuk (1880 - 1965)



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1880 - In the year that Wasyl Sawchuk was born, on February 2nd the city of Wabash, Indiana became the third city in the world to be lit by electricity.

1912 - At the age of 32 years old, Wasyl was alive when the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

1946 - By the time this person was 66 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.

1949 - This person was 69 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

1965 - In the year of Wasyl Sawchuk's passing, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

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Wasyl Sawchuk died in January 1965 at 84 years old. No cause of death has been listed for Wasyl. Wasyl was born on October 2, 1880. We have no information about Wasyl's family or relationships. We know that Wasyl Sawchuk had been residing in Pennsylvania.


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