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William Ernest Mcdonald (1902 - 1981)

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William Ernest Mcdonald
1902 - 1981
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1902
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1981
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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William Ernest Mcdonald was born in 1902. He is the child of William Mcdonald and Ellen Sarah Mcdonald. He died in 1981 in Melbourne, Australia at 79 years old.
Updated: September 9, 2019
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William Ernest Mcdonald died in 1981 in Melbourne, Australia at 79 years old. He was born in 1902. He is the child of William Mcdonald and Ellen Sarah Mcdonald.
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1902 - 1981 World Events

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In 1902, in the year that William Ernest Mcdonald was born, the Aswan Low Dam (the old Aswan Dam) began construction in Egypt in 1899 and was completed in 1902 - making it the largest masonry dam in the world at the time. The dam was built on the Nile River in order to conserve water and regulate flooding, allowing for population increase along the Nile.

In 1916, at the age of merely 14 years old, William was alive when visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1963, William was 61 years old when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1975, when he was 73 years old, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

In 1981, in the year of William Ernest Mcdonald's passing, on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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