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World War I Soldier America/USA  Charles R  Thompson

  (b. 30 June 1893Oxford, Massachusetts, USA   d. 7 February 1975Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA )  
Age: 81
Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Charles R Thompson was born 30 June 1893 in Oxford, Massachusetts, USA. Charles R Thompson was the child of Frank E. Thompson and Lulu George and the grandchild of: (paternal)  Eli D. Thompson and Marie Bryant

He married  Bertha Vaincourt 23 June 1925 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA .  The couple had (at least) 1 child. Bertha Vaincourt  was born 6 July 1893 in Franklin Centre, Québec, Canada .  She died 17 April 1994 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA .  She was the daughter of Joseph Vaincourt and Marie Rosalie Tremblay.

Charles R Thompson died 7 February 1975 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA.


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Occupation: American Optical,Head Foremen of the Zyloware Department for 35 years.

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Charles R Thompson married immigrant - Canada to US  Bertha Vaincourt-- Date: 23 June 1925 Place: Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA
Bertha Vaincourt was the daughter of Joseph Vaincourt and Marie Rosalie Tremblay


SOUTHBRIDGE - June 23 - Charles R. Thompson of Windsor, ct, a World War veteran, who was captured by the Germans at Argonne Forest, and Miss Bertha L. Vallancourt of 17 Henry st were married this afternoon in Holy Trinity Church by Rev Leigh R Urban. The bridegroom's brother, Allan Thompson of Oxford, and Miss Exina Tremblay were the attendants.

Boston Daily Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, June 23, 1925

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Children:
World War II Soldier America/USA Willard Ray Thompson (b.11 July 1926, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA  d. 6 September 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA )



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News 1894 - Gedeon Gregoire establishes a shoe repairing shop in Southbridge
Gedeon Gregoire... came to Southbridge and started a shoe repair shop. In 1923, business had grown. His sons Joseph & Roland joined the frim and the present building (15 Hamilton Street) was built....Read MORE...


USA 1894 - Pullman strike
The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. It pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the...Read MORE...


News 1894 - DEADLY RAILROAD CROSSING. TWO KILLED OUTRIGHT AND MANY ARE INJURED.
WORCESTER HAS ANOTHER ARGUMENT AGAINST THE GRADE CROSSING.

Worcester, Mass., Nov. 30. - The most horrible accident which ever occurred in Southbridge happened there yesterday morning, and turned...Read MORE...


World History 1896 - Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike


Invention 1897 - Aspirin is invented (Felix Hoffmann (Bayer), Germany)
Aspirin Discoverer Dies an Unknown Man

"CHICAGO (UPI) - In these days of deadlines and taxes and other headaches, offer a cheer for Felix Hoffmann, one of the world's great...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1897 - March 4 - William McKinley (1843-1901) becomes 25th President of the United States
With the support of Mark Hanna, a shrewd Cleveland businessman interested in safeguarding tariff protection, William McKinley became governor of Ohio in 1892 and Republican presidential candidate in...Read MORE...


USA 1897 - September 1 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.
in 1897, at 6 am, over 100 people crowded onto the first train to travel through a tunnel under downtown Boston. More than 100,000 people would take the three-and-a-half minute trip that day. They...Read MORE...


USA 1898 - April 25 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain; the U.S. Congress announces that a state of war has existed since April 21 (later backdating this one more day to April 20).
...On April 11, 1898, President William McKinley asked Congress for authorization to end the fighting in Cuba between the rebels and Spanish forces, and to establish a “stable government” that would...Read MORE...


USA 1898 - December 10 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War.
On December 10, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Spanish-American War. The once-proud Spanish empire was virtually dissolved as the United States took over much of Spain's overseas holdings....Read MORE...


News 1899 - $2,000,000 for Southbridge People?
SOUTHBRIDGE, MASS., March 17. - It is believed here that the family of Mrs Lucier, mother of Michael Lucier, of Southbridge, has fallen heir to $2,000,000. Word was received here to-day of the death...Read MORE...


News By 1900, Southbridge had a population of 10,000, with an estimated 6,000 of French-Canadian ancestry.

Street Corners of Southbridge, "The Way We Were" by Joe Capillo, 1996 -

USA 1900 - March 15 – The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard.
The Gold Standard Act a Law.
Washington, March 15. - The gold standard act passed by congress, defining and fixing the standard of value, maintaining the parity of all forms of money issued or...Read MORE...


USA 1900 - June 1 – American temperance agitator Carrie Nation begins her crusade to demolish saloons.
THE KIOWA SALOONS RAIDED.
Mrs. Carrie Nation, of this City, Invaded Six of Them last Thursday. Damage Estimated $350.

The peace, tranquility and prosperity of the Kiowa "Soda Fountains" were...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1901 - September 14 - Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) becomes 26th President of the United States
Assuming the presidency of the assassinated McKinley in 1901, Roosevelt embarked on a wide-ranging program of government reform and conservation of natural resources. He ordered antitrust suits...Read MORE...


World History 1901 - January 22 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom dies at age 81, after more than 63 years on the throne, and her son the Prince of Wales formally succeeds her as King Edward VII.

www.wikipedia.org - January 22, 1901

World History 1903 - Marconi sends and receives the first wireless transatlantic communication
One hundred years ago on Saturday, a young Italian inventor named Guglielmo Marconi stood on a sandy bluff on Cape Cod and sent a 54-word greeting from President Theodore Roosevelt across the ocean...Read MORE...


Invention 1903 - The first engine-powered airplane is invented (Wilbur & Orville Wright, United States)
LIKE A BIRD AEROPLANE FLIES.
Two Americans Solve Great Problem of Aerial Navigation With a Flying Machine Which They Invent and Build.
NORFOLK, Va. - The problem of aerial flight without the use of ...Read MORE...


USA 1903 - June 16 - Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Detroit, Michigan


USA 1903 - October - First World Series
The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball. It matched the Boston Americans of the American League against the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National...Read MORE...


USA 1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.
THE MACHINE ACTUALLY FLIES
Successful Trial of Kitty Hawk, N.C., of Wright Brother's Invention.

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18. - A successful trial of a flying machine was made yesterday near Kitty Hawk, ...Read MORE...


USA 1904 - April 30 – The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri (closes December 1).
Ice-cream cones were first served in 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition world's fair in St. Louis. Also, at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented. An ice cream...Read MORE...


USA 1904 - June 28 - U.S. begins construction of Panama Canal
February 23 – For $10 million, the United States gains control of the Panama Canal Zone...

June 28 - A small U.S. workforce arrives in Panama to survey, plan, and continue the excavation begun by...Read MORE...


News 1904 - Town Stricken With Diphtheria
Southbridge, Mass., Oct. 24. - An epidemic of diphtheria prevails in Southbridge to an extent that alarms the members of the board of health, who will appeal to the state board for help in stamping...Read MORE...


Invention 1906 - August 22 – The first Victor Victrola, a phonographic record player, is manufactured.
Splendid Talking Machine.
The Victor Victrola, a splendid new talking machine, is being exhibited by Wharton Brothers. This is the costliest and by far the most nearly perfect ever seen here. It has ...Read MORE...


World History 1906 - April 7 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

www.wikipedia.org - April 7, 1906

Invention 1908 - The electric washing machine is invented (Alva J. Fisher, United States)
"The first washing machine powered by electricity was invented by Alva J. Fisher in 1908. Fisher worked for the Hurley Washing Machine in Chicago and named his creation The Thor.

Previous to the...Read MORE...


Invention 1908 - First Model-T car is produced by Henry Ford (United States)
FORD FACTORY CLEVERNESS
The Ford Motor Company from now until July will manufacture in quantities only the four-cylinder Rumble Seat Runabout, Model "S," and the six-cylinder Runabout Model K. By...Read MORE...


USA 1908 - September 27 – Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.

www.wikipedia.org - September 27, 1908

U.S. Presidents 1909 - March 4 - William Howard Taft (1857-1930) becomes 27th President of the United States
When Teddy Roosevelt prepared to retire his presidency, this popular and influential politician promoted Taft as the next Republican president. Taft was elected president in 1908, serving one term.
www.americaslibrary.gov - March 4, 1909

USA 1910 - Comet Halley is visible from Earth. It won't be seen again until 1986.
WHEN THE EARTH BORES A HOLE THROUGH THE TAIL OF HALLEY'S COMET
May 18, 1910 Will Be the Biggest Day in Astronomical History, When for the First Time the Coming Celestial Stranger's Eccentric Orbit...Read MORE...


News 1910 - BANK TREASURER NOT FOUND.; Shortage in Southbridge Savings Bank Believed to be About $100,000.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass, Jan. 22. - John A Hall, the Treasurer of the Southbridge Sayings Bank, which was closed yesterday by an injunction after the discovery of discrepancies in its accounts, is still...Read MORE...


World History 1912 - April 15 - Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic

The Luxuries of the...Read MORE...


Invention 1913 - December 1 - The assembly line is invented (Henry Ford, United States)
"...Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to two hours and ...Read MORE...


Invention 1913 - The bra is invented (Mary Phelps Jacob, United States)
"... Mary Phelps Jacob, a young New York socialite who became exasperated with the antiquated corsets after finding it impossible to prevent the support rods from poking out from underneath the...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1913 - March 4 - Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) becomes 28th President of the United States
Wilson became the 28th president of the United States, serving two consecutive terms in the White House, from 1913 to 1921. During his time in office, Wilson faced many challenges at home and abroad, ...Read MORE...


USA 1913 - July 10 - The mercury hit 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading of record for the North American continent.
Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129 degrees, following a morning low of 93 degrees.
The Weather Channel -

News 1913 - REVIVE GRAND TRUNK WORK. Construction of Southern New England Line to be Resumed.
Special to the New York Times.

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 22 - Work is to be resumed immediately on the Southern New England Railway, the Grand Trunk subsidiary planned to connect the Canadian...Read MORE...


USA 1913 - October 31 – The Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across the United States, is dedicated.
MANY STATES TO DEDICATE HIGHWAY
New Route Across Continent Will Be Inaugurated With Many Celebrations in Towns Touched by It.
New York, Oct. 31. - Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the new direct...Read MORE...


USA 1913 - December 23 – The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of the United States by Woodrow Wilson's signature of the Federal Reserve Act.

www.wikipedia.org - December 23, 1913

USA 1914 - Woodrow Wilson signs a Mother's Day proclamation.
GIVES APPROVAL TO MOTHERS' DAY
President Wilson Acts on Joint Resolution of Congress
FLAGS ORDERED UP

Washington, May 9. - President Wilson today approved a joint resolution setting apart...Read MORE...


World History 1914 - August 1 - World War I begins: Germany declares war on Russia and France and invades Belgium

THE GREAT WAR - Week 1
The Great War (www.youtube.com)

August 1, 1914 - ...Read MORE...


USA 1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the United States Congress.
PLACE OF BEAUTY IS NEW NATIONAL PARK IN THE ROCKIES

Congress has just set aside 700 square miles of mountainous region near Denver which will hereafter be known as the Rocky Mountain National...Read MORE...


USA 1915 - January 25 - First United States coast-to-coast long-distance telephone call,
facilitated by a newly invented vacuum tube amplifier, ceremonially inaugurated by Alexander Graham Bell in New York City and his former assistant Thomas A. Watson, in San Francisco, California....Read MORE...


World History 1915 - May 7 – WWI: Sinking of the RMS Lusitania: British ocean liner RMS Lusitania is sunk by Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 civilians en route from New York to Liverpool.

www.wikipedia.org - May 7, 1915

USA 1916 - On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.

www.americaslibrary.gov - May 30, 1916

USA 1917 - March 2 – The enactment of the Jones Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
Citizenship for Porto Ricans.
From the New York Herald.

With the passage of the new government bill by the Senate yesterday all doubts of the future status of Puerto Ricans are removed. American...Read MORE...


USA 1917 - April 6 – WWI: The United States declares war on Germany.

World War I: Entry Of The United States (www.youtube.com)


U.S. At...Read MORE...


USA 1917 - May 21 - The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
Fire In Atlanta Razes 100 Blocks; Loss $2,000,000
Wide Residence Area in Northeast Swept by Flames Starting in Storage Building.
Soldiers Called To Aid
Dynamite Used Vainly to Prevent Blaze...Read MORE...


USA 1917 - June 5 – WWI: Conscription begins in the United States.
AVERAGE MAN HAS A 20 TO 1 CHANCE OF BEING DRAFTED
But He Must Register on Tuesday or Go to Jail
WAY OF "SLACKER" IS HARD

Eagle Bureau, 901 Colorado Building.

Washington, June 2 - As a betting ...Read MORE...


Army 58th Infantry 4th Infantry Division
Joined the Army in April 27th 1918. Trained at Camp Devens in Massachusetts. While in training he was with the 304th Infantry Co B. Shipped to France for combat on July 8th 1918. Then served with the Co I 163rd Infantry for The Toulon Sector Battle till August 8th. Then for the rest of the battle...Read MORE...


USA 1918 - March 19 – The United States Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time (DST goes into effect on March 31).
Getting Used to the "Daylight Saving" Time.

"Daylight saving" is now a law, if not a fact, and as both the government and railroads are to adopt the new system, and most factories, the public will ...Read MORE...


News 1918 - Help Wanted
Help Wanted - Help Wanted in Southbridge, Mass., to work in Hamilton Woolen Co., established nearly 100 years, employing 2,000 hands. Easy work, steady employment, best of wages, especially good for ...Read MORE...


World History 1918 - October 31 – The Hungarian government terminates the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Austro-Hungarian empire.

www.wikipedia.org - October 31, 1918

USA 1919 - February 26 – Grand Canyon National Park: An act of the United States Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.
GRAND CANYON TO BECOME PARK AFTER FIGHT OF 33 YEARS

The senate bill to make the Grand Canyon a national park was passed last Monday and sent to conference. In the area set aside are 996 square...Read MORE...


USA 1919 - June 4 – Women's rights: The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.

Reading Through History (www.youtube.com)


SENATE ADOPTS AMENDMENT FOR...Read MORE...


World History 1919 - June 28 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed, blaming Germany for World War I and creating a League of Nations
World War I (1914-1918) was finally over. This first global conflict had claimed from 9 million to 13 million lives and caused unprecedented damage. Germany had formally surrendered on November 11,...Read MORE...


USA 1919 - October 28 – Prohibition in the United States is authorized:

Roots of PROHIBITION The Time is Now (Ken Burns) (www.youtube.com)

The...Read MORE...


USA 1920 - January 17 - Prohibition goes into effect on January 17, 1920, under the provisions of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
'Cans' and 'Can'ts' of Amendment
Dry Amendment 'Cans' and 'Can'ts'

Here are some of the things you can do under a prohibition amendment and title 2 of the Volstead enforcement act, effective at...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1921 - March 4 - Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) becomes 29th President of the United States
When the 1920 convention was deadlocked between Leonard Wood and Frank O. Lowden, Harding became the dark-horse nominee on his solemn affirmation that there was no reason in his past that he should...Read MORE...


Invention 1923 to 1927 - Television is invented (Vladimir Kosma Zworykin (Russia), Philo Taylor Farnsworth (United States))
...Zworykin had a patent, but Farnsworth had a picture

Zworykin and his television
Zworykin is usually credited as being the father of modern television. This was because the patent for the heart ...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1923 - August 2 - Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) becomes 30th President of the United States
After Warren Harding's death Vice-President Coolidge became President and handled the Washington scandals with care and finally managed to save the Republican Party from public blame for the...Read MORE...


USA 1924 - June 2 - Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.
Citizenship Given Indians
- Long Beach Press -

Every native-born Indian in this country is made a citizen of the United States by act of President Coolidge in signing the Indian Citizenship...Read MORE...


1925 Marriage / Partner
Charles R Thompson and Bertha Vaincourt 23 June 1925, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA

News 1926 - Clara Barton fresh air camp was started in Oxford

www.oxford300.com/ oxford_history.aspx -

Invention 1926 - The aerosol can is invented (Erik Rotheim, Norway)
"On November 23, 1927, Norwegian engineer Erik Rotheim (also spelled Eric Rotheim) patented the first aerosol can and valve that could hold and dispense products and propellant systems. This was the...Read MORE...


1926 Birth of Child
Willard Ray Thompson was born 11 July 1926, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA

USA 1926 - November 11 – U.S. Route 66 is established.


Traveling Route 66
Smithsonian Channel (www.youtube.com)
www.wikipedia.org - November 11, 1926

USA 1927 - May 20–21 – Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo, nonstop transatlantic airplane flight, carried out from New York City to Paris, France, in his single-engined aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.

The Lindbergh Story by Questar Video (www.youtube.com)


PROUD AND HAPPY ...Read MORE...


Invention 1928 - Sliced bread (bread slicing machine) is invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder (United States)
"...The first automatically sliced commercial loaves were produced on July 6, 1928, in Chillicothe, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Rohwedder, an Iowa-born, Missouri-based jeweler....Read MORE...


News 1929 - Charles Linberg landed in Oxford, Massachusetts to refuel

www.oxford300.com/ oxford_history.aspx -

U.S. Presidents 1929 - March 4 - Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) becomes 31st President of the United States
In the election of 1928, Hoover overwhelmed Gov. Alfred E. Smith of New York, the Democratic candidate and the first Roman Catholic to run for the presidency. He soon faced the worst depression in...Read MORE...


World History 1929 - February 11 - Independent State of Vatican City created by Lateran Treaty
Lateran Concordat of 1929
On February 11th, 1929, an historic treaty was signed between the Italian Government and the Vatican re-establishing the political power and diplomatic standing of the...Read MORE...


USA 1929 - St Valentine's Day Massacre
Gunmen of Alphonse Capone (1899-1947) murder seven rival Chicago mobsters in the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."

www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ illinois.html - February 14, 1929

USA 1929 - October 24–29 – Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).

1929 : The Great Crash.
Mary Kelley (www.youtube.com)


In the 1920s,...Read MORE...


Invention 1930 - Scotch tape is invented (Richard Drew (3M), United States)
"...Back in the ’20s, Scotch was a synonym for 'cheap.' Richard Drew, a 23-year-old research assistant at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, was trying to create a sticky-but-not-too-sticky adhesive ...Read MORE...


World History 1930 - February 18 - Pluto is discovered
Pluto was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.

The existence of an unknown ninth planet was first proposed by Percival Lowell, who theorized ...Read MORE...


USA 1930 - July 7 - Construction begins on the Hoover Dam (originally known as the Boulder Dam)


The Story of Hoover Dam
The Best Film Archives...Read MORE...


Invention 1931 - The paper towel is invented (Arthur Scott, United States)
"Arthur Scott, head of [Scott Paper Company], had big trouble. An entire railroad car full of paper, unloaded at his plant, wasn't good for anything because the paper had been rolled too thick for...Read MORE...


USA 1931 - March 3 – The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States National anthem.
ANTHEM BILL PASSED
WASHINGTON - March 3 - (AP) - The Senate today passed and sent to the House a bill to make "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem. The bill was approved without debate...Read MORE...


USA 1931 - May 1 - The Empire State Building Opens
President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and on came the lights in the world's tallest skyscraper. Before that, the Chrysler Building briefly held the record at 1046 feet....Read MORE...


USA 1932 - May 20–May 21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.
Amelia Earhart is First Woman to Fly Atlantic Ocean Alone

New York, May 21. (AP) - Word was received here this afternoon that Mrs. Putnam had taken off in her own plane for London.

Culmore,...Read MORE...


U.S. Presidents 1933 - March 4 - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1822-1945) becomes 32nd President of the United States - The only President to be elected four times.
In 1932, Roosevelt received the Democratic nomination for president and immediately launched a campaign that brought new spirit to a weary and discouraged nation. He defeated Hoover by a wide margin. ...Read MORE...


USA 1933 - March, The Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "Bank holiday", closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions.


The Causes of The Great Depression
Reading Through History...Read MORE...


USA 1933 - April 5 - President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a national emergency and issues Executive Order 6102, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to own substantial amounts of monetary gold or bullion.
Issues A New Call For Gold
Roosevelt Orders Return to Federal Reserve Banks of All Amounts over $100 Held by Individuals.
WOULD EASE EMBARGO
Treasury to Issue licenses Permitting Use of Gold in...Read MORE...


USA 1933 - April 19 – The United States officially goes off the gold standard.
U.S. Off the Gold Standard
First Time in Half Century

United States' Action in Leaving Gold Standard Felt Over the World
(By The Associated Press).

The first official departure of the United...Read MORE...


USA 1933 - November 8 – New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.

www.wikipedia.org - November 8, 1933

USA 1933 - December 5 – The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, repealing Prohibition.
Obey Rum Law, F.D.R. Urges
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. (AP) - President Roosevelt late today signed a proclamation declaring the prohibition amendment had been repealed.

In the proclamation, the...Read MORE...


Invention 1934 - The metal beverage can is invented (American Can Co., United States)


USA 1934 - April 12 - Winds atop Mount Washington, NH, averaged 186 mph for five minutes, with a peak gust of 231 mph, the highest wind speed ever clocked in the world.

WeatherForYou.com - April 12, 1934

News 1934 - SOUTHBRIDGE DIRECTORS VOTE TO LIQUIDATE MILL
MEANS THAT 1,000 WOOLEN WORKERS MUST FIND JOBS ELSEWHERE

Boston, Dec. 19 - (AP) - The board of directors of the Hamilton Woolen Co. of Southbridge late today voted to recommend the liquidation of...Read MORE...


USA 1935 - Dust Bowl: The great dust storm in the United States hits eastern New Mexico and Colorado, and western Oklahoma the hardest.

Weather History: 1935 Black Sunday Dust Storm
(www.youtube.com)

LIFE IN ...Read MORE...


USA 1935 - August 14 – United States President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.
Roosevelt Sees New Steps To Social Security For Nation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15. (AP). - President Roosevelt, embarking the government on the New Deal's vast social security program, forsees further...Read MORE...


USA 1935 - September 30 - Roosevelt Dedicates Boulder Dam (later to be known as Hoover Dam)
Government Spending Is To Be Ended
Private Industry Mus Now Maintain Recovery Pay Says F.R.

by Frederick A. Storm
United Press White House Correspondent

BOULDER DAM, Nev., Sept. 30 (U.P.) -...Read MORE...


USA 1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster:
In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew die, as...Read MORE...


USA 1937 - July 2 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear after taking off from New Guinea during Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.
STARTED JUNE 1 ON WORLD HOP 'JUST FOR FUN'
First Attempt at Hazardous Trip Halted by Accident
SWITCHED DIRECTION
First Plan to Fly Westward Changed to Eastward Itinerary

WASHINGTON, July 2 (AP) ...Read MORE...


Invention 1938 - October 27 - Du Pont announces a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon".

www.wikipedia.org - October 27, 1938

Invention 1938 - The ballpoint pen is invented (Lazlo Biro, Hungary)


News 1938 - New Mask Invented - His Face Is Dirty
His Face Is Dirty - Seeking to combat silicosis, lung malady suffered by those who work in dust, researchers for the American Optical Company of Southbridge, Mass. have developed a mask. Its efficacy ...Read MORE...


News 1938 - SIX PERSONS DIE IN WRECK OF BUS-TRUCK. THIRTEEN OTHERS INJURED EARLY TODAY NEAR OXFORD, MASS.
Oxford, Mass., Sept. 13 (AP) - Six persons were killed and 13 others injured, several seriously, today when a New York-Houston bus and a truck-trailer collided almost head-on on a rain-swept...Read MORE...


USA 1938 - October 24 - The minimum wage is established by law in the United States.

www.wikipedia.org - October 24, 1938

News 1939 - When World War II broke out, Southbridge had a population of 16,801.

Street Corners of Southbridge, "The Way We Were" by Joe Capillo, 1996 -

USA 1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City


World History 1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland

September 1, 1939

World History 1940 - May 10 - Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain

May 10, 1940

USA 1941 - January 13 – All persons born in Puerto Rico since this day are declared U.S. citizens by birth, through U.S. federal law.

www.wikipedia.org - January 13, 1941

USA 1941 – June 16 - National Airport opens in Washington, DC.
The airlines draw straws to determine who would land at National Airport first and American Airlines wins the honor. The airplane is piloted by Bennett H. Griffin, who becomes the manager of National ...Read MORE...


USA 1941 - December 7 - Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
Attack on Pearl Harbor: Aircraft flying from Imperial Japanese Navy carriers launch a surprise attack on the United States fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, thus drawing the United States into World...Read MORE...


USA 1941 - December 8 - WWII: President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his "Infamy Speech"

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World History 1941 - December 11 - Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. The U.S. responds in kind.

www.wikipedia.org - December 11, 1941

USA 1942 - February 2 – WWII: President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order directing the internment of Japanese Americans and the seizure of their property.


This Was Life for Japanese-Americans During WWII
Smithsonian Channel...Read MORE...


USA 1942 - June 4–June 7 – WWII: The Battle of Midway: The Japanese naval advance in the Pacific is halted.


Naval History and Heritage Command (www.youtube.com) - June 7, 1942

USA 1942 - November 28 - Cocoanut Grove fire: A fire in the Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, Massachusetts, kills 491.
DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 477 IN COCOANUT GROVE DISASTER. BOSTON HOLOCAUST ONE OF NATION'S WORST FIRES - MORE THAN 300 OF THE DEAD NOW IDENTIFIED.

Boston, Nov. 30 (AP) - A tiny match flame in the hands...Read MORE...


USA 1942 - December 1 – Gasoline rationing begins in the United States.
License Numbers To Be on Coupons

When individuals obtain their basic "A" gasoline rationing book, they must write their license number and states in which the automobile was registered on the back ...Read MORE...


USA 1943 - February 7 – WWII: In the United States, it is announced that shoe rationing will go into effect in 2 days.
Steps in Rationing Listed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (AP) - Step forward in your last pair of unrationed shoes and consider 13 months of rationing in the United States -

Tires came first. A buying...Read MORE...


USA 1943 - Penicillin first used successfully to treat a patient
PENICILLIN IS NEW ERA IN MEDICINE

Changes Method Of War On Germs; Pales "Glory" Of Sulfa

By Howard W. Blakeslee
NEW YORK, Aug. 2. - (AP) - A new era in medicine, the conquest of germs by...Read MORE...


Invention 1944 - Sunscreen is invented (Benjamin Green, United States)


World History 1944 - June 6 - WWII – D-Day:

Archive Video Of The D-Day Normandy Landings
Sky News...Read MORE...


Invention 1945 - The atomic bomb is invented (J. Robert Oppenheimer, et al., United States)


U.S. Presidents 1945 - April 12 - Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) becomes 33rd President of the United States
Elected vice president in 1944, Truman became president upon Roosevelt's sudden death in April 1945 and was immediately faced with the problems of winding down the war against the Axis and preparing...Read MORE...


World History 1945 - August 6 – WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: A United States B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed "Little Boy", on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time).
Blasting of Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Kills 150,000
...All Living Things Seared To Death, Tokyo Says

OKINAWA, Aug. 8 - (NS) - At least 150,000 Japanese were estimated today to have been killed...Read MORE...


World History 1945 - August 9 - Atomic bombing of Nagasaki: A United States B-29 Bomber, Bockscar, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed "Fat Man", on Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:02 a.m. (local time).
Another Atomic Bomb Dropped on Enemy City
Important Kyushu City of Nagasaki Struck With 'Good Results'; Other B29s Leave Four Major Targets Afire

GUAM, Aug. 9 (AP) - The world's most destructive...Read MORE...


News 1945 - Maker of Bomb Very Depressed
Maker of Bomb Very Depressed - Southbridge, Mass. August 17 (UP) - A scientist who helped develop the atomic bomb said today, with permission of the War Department, that he became so depressed over...Read MORE...


News 1945 - Radio Phone for Pocket Use to Be On Market Soon
"Radio Phone for Pocket Use to Be On Market Soon -- Southbridge, Mass., August 23 (UP) - A pocket-size radio telephone for civilian use, which will cost about $25 and will be effective for distances...Read MORE...


World History 1945 - September 2 - World War II ends

The Best Film Archives (www.youtube.com)

WORLD IS AT PEACE
Japan...Read MORE...


News 1946 - Women See Colors Better
Women See Colors Better - Southbridge, Mass (UP) - The American Optical Co., studying the incidence of color blindness, discovered that 90 percent of the nation's color blind are men.
Oswego Palladium Times - Oswego, New York - Tuesday, December 24, 1946

World History 1947 - February 25 - The German state of Prussia is officially abolished by the Allied Control Council.

www.wikipedia.org - February 25, 1947

World History 1948 - The State of Israel is officially created


Invention 1948 - Velcro is invented (George de Mestral, Switzerland)


World History 1949 - Communists under Mao assume power in China


World History 1949 - The Soviet Union successfully detonates an atomic weapon


USA 1950 - January 31 - President Harry S. Truman orders the development of the hydrogen bomb, in response to the detonation of the Soviet Union's first atomic bomb in 1949

www.wikipedia.org - January 31, 1950

World History 1950 - June 25 - Korean War begins when North Korean forces invade South Korea
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News 1951 - New Goggles
American Optical Co. of Southbridge, Mass. has a new airtight industrial goggle for use in working with gas fumes or smoke. The headband of the goggle is fastened to the outer frame. The inner frame...Read MORE...


News 1951 - New Machine Take Blood Directly from Veins for Red Cross
New Machine Take Blood Directly from Veins for Red Cross - Southbridge, Mass. - (UP) - A new miracle machine that takes blood directly from your veins for the Red Cross was announced today by the...Read MORE...


USA 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk, University of Pittsburg, announced successful testing of polio vaccine

www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm -

U.S. Presidents 1953 - January 20 - Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) becomes 34th President of the United States
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World History 1953 - July 27 - Korean War ends
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News 1955 - WESO On the Air
March 20 - Radio Station WESO goes on the air for a first time. Announcers and newscasters are Bob Binet, John Bunnewith, Joe Capillo, Esther Costa, Bob Harris, Mildred Henshall, Bill Mindy, and Bob...Read MORE...


World History 1957 - October 4 - USSR launches Sputnik 1 - Space race begins
Russian People Tickled Pink at Success of Their Sputnik

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian people are tickled pink that their scientists have grabbed the lead from the Americans in the satellite field. But ...Read MORE...


News 1958 - Ames Worsted Textile Company
Milton and Irving Gilman open their first store in the Ames Worsted Textile Co. mill in Southbridge. This is the start of Ames Department Stores, which at its peak operated 700 stores in 20 states.

USA 1958 - NASA formed


News 1959 - (Oxford) - Dedication of the Buffumville Dam

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USA 1960 - Civil Rights Act of 1960
The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (enacted May 6, 1960) was a United States federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who...Read MORE...


USA 1961 - Vietnam War officially begins with 900 military advisors landing in Saigon


World History 1961 - East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall


U.S. Presidents 1961 - January 20 - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) becomes 35th President of the United States
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News 1961 - Keeping Out Noise
Southbridge, Mass. (UPI) - A new plastic, anti-noise ear plug for military and commercial aviation purposes has been developed by American Optical Co.

The device is about three fourths of an inch...Read MORE...


USA 1962 - April 21 - Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens

www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html - April 21, 1962

USA 1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis


U.S. Presidents 1963 - Novmember 22 - Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) becomes 36th President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy
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USA 1963 - I Have a Dream Speech - Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963.


USA 1963 - November 22 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation
CBS Sunday Morning...Read MORE...


USA 1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City


USA 1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964
This act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made...Read MORE...


USA 1965 - Vietnam War - First U.S. ground combat forces arrive in South Vietnam


USA 1968 - Civil Rights Act of 1968
Also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968
Congress passed the act in an effort to impose a comprehensive solution to the problem of unlawful discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex,...Read MORE...


Invention 1968 - The ATM is invented (Don Wetzel, United States)


USA 1968 - Marin Luther King, Jr. Killed

CBS News (www.youtube.com)

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USA 1968 - Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assassinated on June 6 in Los Angeles


U.S. Presidents 1969 - January 20 - Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) becomes 37th President of the United States

January 20, 1969

World History 1969 - July 20 - Apollo 11 - Man lands on the moon

Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing
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USA 1970 - April 22 - The First Earth Day
Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An ...Read MORE...


USA 1970 - Kent State shootings - May 4 - Kent, Ohio


USA 1972 - Watergate


USA 1973 - March 29 – The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.

March 29, 1973

USA Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974
Equal Credit Opportunity Act passes in the US. Until then, banks required single, widowed or divorced women to bring a man along to cosign any credit application, regardless of their income. They...Read MORE...


USA 1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate


U.S. Presidents 1974 - August 9 - Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) becomes 38th President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon

August 9, 1974

Death
7 February 1975
Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA


Charles Thompson
Southbridge - Charles R Thompson,81,of 132 Paige Hill Road, died this morning at Harrington Memorial Hospital, following a long illness. He was the husband of Bertha(Vaincourt)Thompson and father of Sergeant Willard R Thompson of the Southbridge Police Department.

Born in Oxford, Mr Thompson was a son of Frank E Thompson and Lula(George)Thompson.

A veteran of World War I, he was gassed in action in combat against the Germans in France and held a Prisoner of War. He retired as a foremen in the Zyloware Department of The American Optical Corp in 1954, he started working their in 1915 and was a member of the firms Quarter Century Club.

He was a member of The American Legion Post 31.
In addition to his wife and son he leaves two brothers Joseph and Allen Thompson of Oxford, two sisters Mrs Ada Lamb of Auburn and Evelyn Arpe of Webster, three grandchildren and several nephews and neices.

Buried at:
Oak Ridge Cemetery
181 Main Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA


Charles R Thompson
PVT US Army
June 30 1893 - Febuary 17 1975

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