Alfred Lancaster (1909 - 1987)

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Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

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1909 - In the year that Alfred Lancaster was born, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

1916 - Alfred was just 7 years old when visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

1926 - Alfred was 17 years old when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

1967 - At the age of 58 years old, Alfred was alive when on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

1987 - In the year of Alfred Lancaster's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Alfred Lancaster passed away in January 1987 at 77 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. He was born on March 9, 1909. We have no information about Alfred's family or relationships. We know that Alfred Lancaster had been residing in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California.

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