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William Obrien Brockwell

(1880 - 1959)

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William Obrien Brockwell
1880 - 1959
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1880
Death
1959
Preston, Australia
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Preston, Australia
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William Obrien Brockwell was born in 1880. He was born to Edward Brockwell and Harriet Dedman Brockwell. He died in 1959 in Preston, Australia at 79 years old.
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William Obrien Brockwell passed away in 1959 in Preston, Australia at 79 years of age. He was born in 1880. He was born to Edward Brockwell and Harriet Dedman Brockwell.

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In 1880, in the year that William Obrien Brockwell was born, on February 4th, five members of one family in Ontario, Canada were killed and their farm was burned by a mob. Called the Black Donnelly Massacre, the Irish family had been feuding with other citizens of the town. No one was ever convicted.

In 1928, when he was 48 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1938, he was 58 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1943, at the age of 63 years old, William was alive when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1959, in the year of William Obrien Brockwell's passing, 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.

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