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William John Bassett (1883 - 1961)

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William John Bassett
1883 - 1961
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1883
Nerr, Australia
Death
1961
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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William John Bassett was born in 1883 in Nerr, Australia. He is the child of Ann Skilliecorn Bassett, with sibling John. He died in 1961 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 78.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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William John Bassett passed away in 1961 in Fitzroy, Australia at 78 years old. He was born in 1883 in Nerr, Australia. He is the child of Ann Skilliecorn Bassett, with sibling John.
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In 1883, in the year that William John Bassett was born, on June 16th, children at a children's variety show in Victoria Hall began rushing the stage area and lobby for promised prizes. In the stampede, 183 children of the 1100 present - most of them 3 to 4 years old - were crushed and asphyxiated.

In 1897, by the time he was only 14 years old, on July 17th, the Klondike Gold Rush began when the first successful prospectors returned to Seattle after mining in the Yukon. They arrived on the ships Excelsior and Portland, bringing vast quantities of gold - over $32,000,000 in today's money - and everyone rushed to become rich in the Yukon.

In 1908, by the time he was 25 years old, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1951, he was 68 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1961, in the year of William John Bassett's passing, on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

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