William John Spicer (1880 - 1959)

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William John Spicer
1880 - 1959
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1880
Qtown, Australia
Death
1959
Heidelberg, Australia
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Heidelberg, Australia
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William John Spicer was born in 1880 in Qtown, Australia. He was born to Simson Spicer and Margaret Kinrade Spicer. He died in 1959 in Heidelberg, Australia at 79 years old.
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William John Spicer passed away in 1959 in Heidelberg, Australia at 79 years old. He was born in 1880 in Qtown, Australia. He was born to Simson Spicer and Margaret Kinrade Spicer.

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In 1880, in the year that William John Spicer was born, in October, the "Blizzard of 1880" began in North America - considered the most severe winter ever known in the US. Many areas were snowbound throughout the whole winter, which was made famous in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter.

In 1897, he was 17 years old when on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1915, William was 35 years old when in May, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German torpedo. The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that was sailing from New York to Liverpool England. She sank in 18 minutes - 1,198 died and 761 survived. While travelers were the main casualty - and commodity - the Lusitania did carry wartime weapons. "Remember the Lusitania" became the rallying cry of World War 1.

In 1926, by the time he was 46 years old, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1959, in the year of William John Spicer'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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