William Henry Wheatland (1860 - 1944)

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William Henry Wheatland
1860 - 1944
Balt, Australia
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Balt, Australia
William Henry Wheatland was born in 1860. He is the child of Wheatland William Wheatland and Mary Blanche Ford Wheatland. He died in 1944 in Balt, Australia at 84 years of age.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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William Henry Wheatland died in 1944 in Balt, Australia at 84 years old. He was born in 1860. He is the child of Wheatland William Wheatland and Mary Blanche Ford Wheatland.

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In 1860, in the year that William Henry Wheatland was born, on February 26th, near Eureka California, white settlers attacked a tribe of Wiyot Indians on Indian Island. Over 60 women, children and older people died. Bret Harte - a writer and friend of Mark Twain - reported the news about the massacre to the papers in San Francisco.

In 1870, at the age of just 10 years old, William was alive when 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 1918, when he was 58 years old, federal spending was $12.68 billion, unemployment was 1.4% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents.

In 1926, at the age of 66 years old, William was alive when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1944, in the year of William Henry Wheatland's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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