William Henry Webb (1886 - 1959)

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William Henry Webb
1886 - 1959
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1886
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1959
Abbo, Australia
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Abbo, Australia
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William Henry Webb was born in 1886. He was born to Benjamin Webb and Julia Elizabe Healey Webb. He died in 1959 in Abbo, Australia at 73 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Henry Webb died in 1959 in Abbo, Australia at 73 years of age. He was born in 1886. He was born to Benjamin Webb and Julia Elizabe Healey Webb.

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In 1886, in the year that William Henry Webb was born, on January 5th, Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson's book the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published. Immediately popular, the paperback book was sold for $1 in the U.S. - almost $25 today. Stevenson's stepson said that he wrote the first draft in under 3 days.

In 1895, William was just 9 years old when on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1900, William was just 14 years old when when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1910, at the age of 24 years old, William was alive when Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1959, in the year of William Henry Webb's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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