William John Foster

(1893 - 1938)

A photo of William John Foster
William John Foster
1893 - 1938
Born
1893
Death
1938
Nth Melb, Australia
Last Known Residence
Nth Melb, Australia
Summary
William John Foster was born in 1893. He was born to Foster William Patrick Foster and Julia Florence Sheppardson Foster. He died in 1938 in Nth Melb, Australia at age 45.
Updated: February 06, 2019
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
+ Add to this collaborative biography to show & tell William's life with your memories & stories.
Show & Tell His Story
Share your memories, family stories, & photos so that William is always remembered.
Biography
William John Foster
Most commonly known name
William John Foster
Full name
Nickname(s) or aliases
Nth Melb, Australia
Last known residence
Male
Gender
William Foster was born in
Birth
William Foster died in in Nth Melb, Australia
Death
William Foster was born in
William Foster died in in Nth Melb, Australia
Birth
Death
Heritage
Childhood
Adulthood
Obituary

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different William Foster?
View other bios of people named William Foster

Leave a comment to ask questions, share information, or simply to show that you care about William.

Share William's obituary or write your own to preserve his legacy.

William John Foster died in 1938 in Nth Melb, Australia at 45 years old. He was born in 1893. He was born to Foster William Patrick Foster and Julia Florence Sheppardson Foster.

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during William's lifetime.

In 1893, in the year that William John Foster was born, a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

In 1905, William was merely 12 years old when the German born physicist, Albert Einstein, proposed the Special Theory of Relativity: 1) that observers can never detect uniform motion except relative to other objects and that 2) unlike the velocity of massive objects, the speed of light is a constant and is the same for all observers independent of their constant velocity toward or away from the light source. Not such simple concepts that lead to the equation everyone now knows: E = mc2.

In 1919, William was 26 years old when in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1927, when he was 34 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1938, in the year of William John Foster's passing, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

Other William Fosters

Bio
Mar 1, 1971 - Unknown
Bio
1866 - Aug 8, 1946
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Jan 14, 1861 - Unknown
Bio
1832 - 1888
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
c. 1895 - Apr 5, 1921
Bio
Unknown - May 17, 1916
Bio
Dec 29, 1916 - Jul 9, 1943
Bio
Unknown - Nov 1, 1918
Bio
c. 1918 - Jun 21, 1944
Bio
Unknown - Sep 23, 1939
Bio
c. 1893 - Aug 14, 1915
Bio
c. 1919 - Dec 22, 1942
Bio
Unknown - Apr 9, 1917
Bio
c. 1895 - Sep 12, 1916
Bio
c. 1919 - Nov 10, 1942
Bio
c. 1917 - Oct 4, 1944
Bio
Unknown - Oct 18, 1944
Bio
c. 1884 - Dec 7, 1942

Other Fosters

Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Bio
1914 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Bio
1855 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1864 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1886 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1855 - 1938
Bio
1875 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1877 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown

Other Bios

Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Bio
1870 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1885 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1887 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
1886 - 1938
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Bio
Unknown - Unknown
Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna
Highlights of just a few of the many successes of sharing memories about the people important to us on AncientFaces. From reuniting lost or 'orphan' photos with their families, seeing the faces of relatives for the first time, to connecting unknown and lost family.

These stories will warm your heart and inspire you to share your memories of the people important to you.
Back to Top