William Johnson (1894 - 1985)

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William Johnson
1894 - 1985
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April 9, 1894
Death
January 1985
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16507
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William Johnson was born on April 9, 1894. He died in January 1985 at age 90. We know that William Johnson had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16507.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Johnson died in January 1985 at age 90. He was born on April 9, 1894. We are unaware of information about William's surviving family. We know that William Johnson had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16507.

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In 1894, in the year that William Johnson was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1940, William was 46 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1954, at the age of 60 years old, William was alive when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1960, when he was 66 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1985, in the year of William Johnson's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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