William George Foster

(1870 - 1946)

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William George Foster
1870 - 1946
Born
1870
Death
1946
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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William George Foster was born in 1870. He was born to Foster David Foster and Louisa Nicholls Foster. He died in 1946 in Melbourne, Australia at 76 years of age.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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William George Foster passed away in 1946 in Melbourne, Australia at 76 years old. He was born in 1870. He was born to Foster David Foster and Louisa Nicholls Foster.

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In 1870, in the year that William George Foster was born, on June 26th, Christmas was declared an official federal holiday in the United States. By 1860, 14 states had declared Christmas a legal holiday but the practice of celebrating Christmas was a local - and religious - choice previously.

In 1889, William was 19 years old when on May 31st, the South Fork Dam collapsed. Located in western Pennsylvania, the dam failed - sending more than 20 million tons of water into the towns below it. The flood killed more than 2,200 people in and around Johnstown. The newly formed Red Cross responded to the disaster.

In 1907, when he was 37 years old, the second Hague peace conference was called by Russia in the Netherlands. While nothing was settled regarding the matter of peace among nations, many resolutions were passed (and accepted by many nations) about the conventions of war - especially the protection of noncombatants.

In 1920, at the age of 50 years old, William was alive when the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

In 1946, in the year of William George Foster's passing, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

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