William Thomas (1889 - 1965)

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William Thomas
1889 - 1965
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April 14, 1889
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July 1965
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Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44126
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William Thomas was born on April 14, 1889. He died in July 1965 at age 76. We know that William Thomas had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44126.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Thomas passed away in July 1965 at 76 years old. He was born on April 14, 1889. We have no information about William's immediate family. We know that William Thomas had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44126.

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In 1889, in the year that William Thomas was born, on March 31st, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Because the elevators were not yet in operation, officials had to climb to the top of the tower - it took an hour. On May 15th, the Tower opened to the public - still without working elevators - but around 30,000 visitors still made the climb. The elevators went into operation on the 26th. The Tower wasn't considered aesthetically pleasing at the time but is now one of the most iconic structures in the world.

In 1902, by the time he was just 13 years old, the modern air conditioner was invented by Willis H. Carrier. The company that he worked for needed to find a way to control humidity and by solving this problem, Carrier created a system that could be used for cooling the rooms of a house. The Sun Belt thanks him!

In 1914, by the time he was 25 years old, in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1944, he was 55 years old when on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

In 1965, in the year of William Thomas's passing, from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

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