William James (1909 - 1980)

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William James
1909 - 1980
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June 19, 1909
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May 1980
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Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335
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William James was born on June 19, 1909. He died in May 1980 at 70 years of age. We know that William James had been residing in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William James passed away in May 1980 at 70 years old. He was born on June 19, 1909. There is no information about William's family or relationships. We know that William James had been residing in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335.

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In 1909, in the year that William James was born, 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 1910, at the age of only 1 year 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 1952, when he was 43 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1977, when he was 68 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1980, in the year of William James's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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