William Mason (1885 - 1959)

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William Mason
1885 - 1959
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1885
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1959
Cola, Australia
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Cola, Australia
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William Mason was born in 1885. He was born to Joseph Mason and Hilda Crosly Mason. He died in 1959 in Cola, Australia at 74 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Mason passed away in 1959 in Cola, Australia at age 74. He was born in 1885. He was born to Joseph Mason and Hilda Crosly Mason.

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In 1885, in the year that William Mason was born, 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 1926, at the age of 41 years old, William was alive when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1939, by the time he was 54 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1942, when he was 57 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1959, in the year of William Mason'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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