William John Ferguson

(1899 - 1960)

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William John Ferguson
1899 - 1960
Born
1899
Port Melbourne, Australia
Death
1960
Caulfield, Australia
Last Known Residence
Port Melbourne, Australia
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William John Ferguson was born in 1899 in Port Melbourne, Australia. He was born to William Ferguson and Elizabeth Ann (Angove) Ferguson. He died in 1960 in Caulfield, Australia at age 61.
Updated: September 05, 2019
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William John Ferguson passed away in 1960 in Caulfield, Australia at age 61. He was born in 1899 in Port Melbourne, Australia. He was born to William Ferguson and Elizabeth Ann (Angove) Ferguson.

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In 1899, in the year that William John Ferguson was born, on February 14th, the first voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections. Several states were already using voting machines in their elections and the Federal government was finally convinced of their safety and accuracy.

In 1908, when he was merely 9 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 1918, by the time he was 19 years old, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

In 1951, he was 52 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1960, in the year of William John Ferguson's passing, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

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