Abel W Lee (1906 - 1988)

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Abel W Lee
1906 - 1988
February 8, 1906
February 20, 1988
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Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts 01255
Abel W Lee was born on February 8, 1906. He died on February 20, 1988 at 82 years of age. We know that Abel W Lee had been residing in Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts 01255.
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Abel W Lee died on February 20, 1988 at 82 years of age. He was born on February 8, 1906. We are unaware of information about Abel's immediate family. We know that Abel W Lee had been residing in Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts 01255.

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In 1906, in the year that Abel W Lee was born, Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1919, when he was only 13 years old, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1954, at the age of 48 years old, Abel was alive when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1961, at the age of 55 years old, Abel was alive when 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.

In 1988, in the year of Abel W Lee's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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