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William Thomas Eyre (1875 - 1961)

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William Thomas Eyre
1875 - 1961
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1875
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1961
Kilm, Australia
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Kilm, Australia
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William Thomas Eyre was born in 1875. He is the child of Robert Eyre and Sarah Oatley Eyre. He died in 1961 in Kilm, Australia at age 86.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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William Thomas Eyre died in 1961 in Kilm, Australia at age 86. He was born in 1875. He is the child of Robert Eyre and Sarah Oatley Eyre.
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In 1875, in the year that William Thomas Eyre was born, the Bombay Stock Exchange - the first stock exchange in Asia - was established. It was called "The Native Share & Stock Brokers Association".

In 1882, he was just 7 years old when on August 3rd, President Chester Arthur signed the 1882 Immigration Act. "Criminals, the insane, or any person unable to take care of him or herself" were not allowed in the U.S. according to the Act. It also imposed a "head tax" on non-citizens entering the U.S.

In 1897, when he was 22 years old, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1915, William was 40 years old when Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

In 1961, in the year of William Thomas Eyre's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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