Alan Downing (1900 - 1980)

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Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Rainelle Downing

Rainelle Downing

Millard F. Downing

Millard F. Downing

Bertha Foster Downing

Bertha Foster Downing

Evelyn Sway Downing

Evelyn Sway Downing

Horace Archer & Mary Downing, 1941

Horace Archer & Mary Downing, 1941

Samuel & Delliah Hyder's Home, Oregon

Samuel & Delliah Hyder's Home, Oregon

George Downing photo of Unknown woman

George Downing photo of Unknown woman

Margaret Mary Downing

Margaret Mary Downing

Barbara Downing - Salinas Class of 1946

Barbara Downing - Salinas Class of 1946

William Wesley Downing and Elizabeth Van Houten

William Wesley Downing and Elizabeth Van Houten

Amanda Hinton Downing

Amanda Hinton Downing

AVERY COLLAGE

AVERY COLLAGE

Dora Downing Dukes

Dora Downing Dukes

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John Lafayette Downing Rainelle Downing Millard F. Downing Bertha Foster Downing

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1900 - In the year that Alan Downing was born, a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

1911 - Alan was only 11 years old when British physicist Ernest Rutherford (born in New Zealand), along with German physicist Hans Geiger, discovered the structure of an atom. He found that atoms had nuclei (a nucleus) and were circled by electrons, much as planets orbit the sun.

1916 - When he was 16 years old, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

1971 - He was 71 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

1980 - In the year of Alan Downing's passing, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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Alan Downing passed away in September 1980 at 79 years old. No cause of death has been entered for Alan. He was born on November 25, 1900. There is no information about Alan's family or relationships. We know that Alan Downing had been residing in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

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