1930 - Southborough, Massachusetts name: William N Davis event: Census event date: 1930 event place: Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts gender: Male age: 49 marital status: Married race: White birthplace: Maine estimated birth year: 1881 immigration year: relationship to head of household: Head father's...Read MORE...
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1958 - NASA formed
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1961 - East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall
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1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City
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1972 - Watergate
1973 - March 29 – The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.
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1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate
1974 - August 9 - Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) becomes 38th President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon
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1977 - Elvis Presley dies, August 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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1977 - January 20 - Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) becomes 39th President of the United States
January 20, 1977
1979 - Iran hostage crisis begins
1979 - Three Mile Island nuclear accident - March 28
1979 - May 4 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female prime minister of Great Britain
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1981 - Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley
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1981 - First reported case of AIDS
1981 - Voyager 2 reaches Saturn
1981 - Personal Computer introduced
1981 - January 20 - Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) beomes 40th President of the United States
January 20, 1981
1982 - The camcorder is invented (Sony Corp., Japan)
1983 - The laptop computer is invented (Radio Shack Corp., United States)
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1989 - In response to massive protests, the East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins shortly after.
1989 - The World Wide Web is invented at CERN (Tim Berners-Lee, UK)
1989 - January 20 - George H. W. Bush (1924 - ) becomes 41st President of the United States
January 20, 1989
1990 - German reunification officially completed according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait, beginning the Persian Gulf War
1991 - Gulf War
1991 - U.S. led coalition defeats Iraqi military forces and liberates Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union; Effective legal dissolution of the U.S.S.R.
1992 - Hurricane Andrew causes devastation in Florida and Louisiana
1993 - World Trade Center bombing
1993 - January 20 - William J. Clinton (1946 - ) becomes 42nd President of the United States
January 20, 1993
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing
1997 - NASA spacecraft Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars
Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, 1997
2001 - Invasion of Afghanistan Operation "Enduring Freedom"
2001 - January 20 - George W. Bush (1946 - ) becomes 43rd President of the United States
January 20, 2001
2001 - September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
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2005 - Hurricane Katrina
2009 - January 20 - Barack Obama (1961 - ) becomes 44th President of the United States
January 20, 2009
Death 27 December 2013 East Lansing, Michigan, USA
EAST LANSING Dr. John Augustus Davis died Dec. 27, 2013, in East Lansing, surrounded by his four sons. He lived with quiet strength and dignity for 96 years and kept a quote on his wall from Richard E. Byrd: "At the end only two things really matter to a man … the affection and understanding of his family." He married his soul-mate, Jane Colteryahn on June 24, 1944. During their 62 years of marriage before Jane's death in 2006, they were apart only once, when John's service as a staff sergeant of the 5th Army Air Corps in World War II took him across the Pacific. John earned his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1966. His dissertation on the Ku Klux Klan documented the evils of institutional racism. He was a professor of American history at Dillard University, Glenville State College and Adrian College. His service as the chairman of the history department at Adrian and deep connection with students earned him emeritus status upon his retirement in 1985. Well into old age, John was rowing across the quiet waters of Devil's Lake and raising the flags above "Cherry Point," his lake house. John was a loving father and thoughtfully guided his sons into manhood, teaching them not by words but by deeds. His love of family extended to his grandchildren whose lives were shaped in the tender moments spent with "Grampy Davis." With each marriage and birth, he planted a tree at Cherry Point, whose grounds have hosted two weddings, countless croquet games, and several family reunions. John's family will remember his way of dressing smartly, the pleasures of his large library of history books, and his gift for carving intricate duck decoys, which have become family treasures. John never forgot his east coast heritage and his extended family that remains in Southboro, Mass., where he was born March 24, 1917, to Eva Belle Landry and William North Davis. The quote on his wall ends by saying, "… family is an everlasting anchorage: a quiet harbor where a man's ships can be left to swing in the moorings of pride and loyalty." John's life will be remembered and celebrated with pride by his family at Cherry Point in July 2014. John is survived by his four sons, Charles (Paule) of Toronto, Canada; Jack (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, Fla.; Paul (Bonnie) of East Lansing, Mich.; and Mark (Karen) of Chambersburg, Pa.; loving family friend, Ellen Davis; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Jennifer), Doug (Beth), Adrianne (Thomas Johnson), Elisabeth (Keith Power), Matt, Jean-Phillipe, John Morgan and Meghan; three stepgrandchildren, Kaitlyn, Rebecca, and Jonathan Powers; and four great-grandchildren, Adelaide, Adalyn, Jack and Elijah. He is also survived by his brother, Walter Davis of Wellesley, Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakes Preservation League, The Southern Poverty Law Center or Adrian College. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com.
Name of Deceased: John Augustus Davis Gender: Male Age at Death: 96 Birth Date: 24 Mar 1917 Birth Place: Cherry Point, Michigan, USA Death Date: 27 Dec 2013 Death Place: East Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, USA Obituary Date: 5 Jan 2014 Spouse's Name: Jane Parents' Names: Eva Belle Landry Childrens' Names: Charles (Paule) of Toronto, Canada; Jack (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, Fla; Paul (Bonnie) of East Lansing, Mich Siblings' Names: Walter Davis of Wellesley, Mass.Memorial
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