William Michael Reilly (1879 - 1959)

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William Michael Reilly
1879 - 1959
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1879
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1959
Coburg, Australia
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Coburg, Australia
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William Michael Reilly was born in 1879. He was born to Daniel Reilly and Margaret Bateman Reilly. He died in 1959 in Coburg, Australia at 80 years old.
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William Michael Reilly died in 1959 in Coburg, Australia at 80 years of age. He was born in 1879. He was born to Daniel Reilly and Margaret Bateman Reilly.

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In 1879, in the year that William Michael Reilly was born, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1909, when he was 30 years old, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1912, when he was 33 years old, New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1942, at the age of 63 years old, William was alive when on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

In 1959, in the year of William Michael Reilly'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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