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Anthony P Ponte (1924 - 2004)

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Anthony P Ponte
1924 - 2004
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June 5, 1924
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July 19, 2004
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New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts 02740
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Anthony P Ponte was born on June 5, 1924. He died on July 19, 2004 at age 80. We know that Anthony P Ponte had been residing in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts 02740.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Anthony P Ponte passed away on July 19, 2004 at age 80. He was born on June 5, 1924. We have no information about Anthony's immediate family. We know that Anthony P Ponte had been residing in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts 02740.
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In 1924, in the year that Anthony P Ponte was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1947, Anthony was 23 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1962, at the age of 38 years old, Anthony was alive when on August 5th, actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died in Brentwood California. She was ruled to have died from suicide due to a drug overdose. There has been controversy regarding the circumstances ever since, due to her relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.

In 1988, by the time he was 64 years old, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1991, at the age of 67 years old, Anthony was alive when on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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