Alton Thompson (1913 - 1998)

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Alton Thompson
1913 - 1998
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December 21, 1913
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February 27, 1998
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Archer, Alachua County, Florida 32618
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Alton Thompson was born on December 21, 1913. He died on February 27, 1998 at 84 years old. We know that Alton Thompson had been residing in Archer, Alachua County, Florida 32618.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Alton Thompson passed away on February 27, 1998 at 84 years old. He was born on December 21, 1913. There is no information about Alton's family or relationships. We know that Alton Thompson had been residing in Archer, Alachua County, Florida 32618.

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In 1913, in the year that Alton Thompson was born, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1951, at the age of 38 years old, Alton was alive when on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1979, Alton was 66 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1985, he was 72 years old when on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

In 1998, in the year of Alton Thompson's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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