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Ansel Swanson (1914 - 1980)

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Ansel Swanson
1914 - 1980
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May 5, 1914
Death
March 1980
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Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501
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Ansel Swanson was born on May 5, 1914. He died in March 1980 at 65 years of age. We know that Ansel Swanson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Ansel Swanson died in March 1980 at age 65. He was born on May 5, 1914. There is no information about Ansel's immediate family. We know that Ansel Swanson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
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In 1914, in the year that Ansel Swanson was born, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

In 1939, Ansel was 25 years old when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1951, when he was 37 years old, 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 1969, he was 55 years old when one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1980, in the year of Ansel Swanson's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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