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William Thomas Costello (1879 - 1950)

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William Thomas Costello
1879 - 1950
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1879
Belf, Australia
Death
1950
Balwyn, Australia
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Balwyn, Australia
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William Thomas Costello was born in 1879 in Belf, Australia. He is the child of Emily Bersey Costello, with sibling Michael. He died in 1950 in Balwyn, Australia at 71 years old.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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William Thomas Costello died in 1950 in Balwyn, Australia at 71 years old. He was born in 1879 in Belf, Australia. He is the child of Emily Bersey Costello, with sibling Michael.
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In 1879, in the year that William Thomas Costello 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 1891, by the time he was only 12 years old, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1931, William was 52 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1941, he was 62 years old when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1950, in the year of William Thomas Costello's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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