Andrew Black (1917 - 1944)

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Andrew Black
1917 - 1944
c. 1917
March 9, 1944
Andrew Black was born c. 1917, and died at age 26 years old on March 9, 1944. Andrew Black was buried at Chatham Naval Memorial 75 in United Kingdom. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Andrew Black.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: c/jx 194447 Rank: Able Seaman Regiment: Royal Navy Unit/ship/squadron: H.m.s. Asphodel
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Andrew Black lived 44 years shorter than the average Black family member when he died at the age of 27.
The average age of a Black family member is 71.

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1917 - 1944 World Events

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In 1917, in the year that Andrew Black was born, the NHL (National Hockey League) was established as a response to the demise of the National Hockey Association (NHA). The first superstar of the League was "Phantom" Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens, a leading scorer with records that still stand. The Canadiens won the NHL championship over the Senators.

In 1921, at the age of merely 4 years old, Andrew was alive when hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1923, Andrew was merely 6 years old when on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

In 1931, by the time he was just 14 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1944, in the year of Andrew Black's passing, on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

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