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William Kerr (1882 - 1959)

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William Kerr
1882 - 1959
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1882
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1959
Shep, Australia
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Shep, Australia
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William Kerr was born in 1882. He is the child of Samuel Kerr and Henrietta Crawley Kerr. He died in 1959 in Shep, Australia at 77 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Kerr died in 1959 in Shep, Australia at age 77. He was born in 1882. He is the child of Samuel Kerr and Henrietta Crawley Kerr.
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In 1882, in the year that William Kerr was born, on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1894, by the time he was only 12 years old, on April 21st, a coal miners' strike closed mines throughout the central United States. The Panic of 1893, and the resulting depression, hit coal miners hard and the miners only struck for 8 weeks - they couldn't afford to live without their wages any longer.

In 1925, when he was 43 years old, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1935, William was 53 years old when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1959, in the year of William Kerr'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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