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William Obrien (1900 - 1986)

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William Obrien
1900 - 1986
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June 16, 1900
Death
July 1986
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Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761
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William Obrien was born on June 16, 1900. He died in July 1986 at 86 years old. We know that William Obrien had been residing in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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William Obrien died in July 1986 at 86 years old. He was born on June 16, 1900. We have no information about William's family. We know that William Obrien had been residing in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761.
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In 1900, in the year that William Obrien was born, Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1915, by the time he was just 15 years old, The Birth of a Nation opened in February. A silent film, it was the most ambitious film to date and is considered a classic. Three hours long, it starred Lillian Gish and was directed by D. W. Griffith. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The KKK was shown as "a heroic force".

In 1959, William was 59 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1973, by the time he was 73 years old, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

In 1986, in the year of William Obrien's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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