William John Sampson (1876 - 1959)

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William John Sampson
1876 - 1959
Da Yl, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
William John Sampson was born in 1876 in Da Yl, Australia. He was born to Henry Sampson and Catherine Mcdonald Sampson. He died in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at 83 years of age.
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William John Sampson
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Melbourne, Australia
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William Sampson was born in in Da Yl, Australia
William Sampson died in in Melbourne, Australia
William Sampson was born in in Da Yl, Australia
William Sampson died in in Melbourne, Australia

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William John Sampson passed away in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at 83 years old. He was born in 1876 in Da Yl, Australia. He was born to Henry Sampson and Catherine Mcdonald Sampson.

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In 1876, in the year that William John Sampson was born, on May 1st, Queen Victoria added the title Empress of India, a title held by British monarchs until 1948 - when India gained independence from the United Kingdom.

In 1885, William was just 9 years old when on June 17th, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Two hundred thousand people and hundreds of boats greeted the statue. It had to be assembled but that had to wait until the pedestal was completed the following April.

In 1895, when he was 19 years old, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1925, by the time he was 49 years old, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1959, in the year of William John Sampson's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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