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William Edward Wheatland (1866 - 1919)

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William Edward Wheatland
1866 - 1919
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1866
Emld Hill, Australia
Death
1919
Bwk, Australia
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Emld Hill, Australia
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William Edward Wheatland was born in 1866 in Emld Hill, Australia. He is the child of Alfred Wheatland and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Percy) Wheatland. He died in 1919 in Bwk, Australia at 53 years old.
Updated: July 25, 2019
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William Edward Wheatland died in 1919 in Bwk, Australia at 53 years old. He was born in 1866 in Emld Hill, Australia. He is the child of Alfred Wheatland and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Percy) Wheatland.
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In 1866, in the year that William Edward Wheatland was born, on April 10th, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - the ASPCA - was created. New Yorker Henry Bergh was the first President of the Society and the leader in its creation. He later formed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In 1871, William was merely 5 years old when on October 8th, 4 major fires started on the shores of Lake Michigan - in Chicago (Illinois), Peshtigo (Wisconsin), Holland (Michigan) and Manistee (Michigan). The Chicago fire is the most well known of them because it left almost 100,000 people homeless. But the Peshtigo Fire killed around 2,500 people. The casualty count made it the deadliest fire in US history.

In 1884, when he was 18 years old, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1909, William was 43 years old when the U.S. penny was changed to the Abraham Lincoln design. The Lincoln penny was so popular that it soon had to be rationed and it sold on the secondary market for a quarter. Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to be on a U.S. coin - which was released to commemorate his 100th birthday. This penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust.".

In 1919, in the year of William Edward Wheatland's passing, the "Black Sox Scandal" rocked baseball fans during the World Series. Eight players on the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series, thus allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win, and making money off of the losses. All of the players were found not guilty by a jury but the fallout lasted for decades. The players were banned from baseball even though they were found innocent.

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