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Basil Collins (1889 - 1974)

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Basil Collins
1889 - 1974
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December 3, 1889
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July 1974
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Alliance, Stark County, Ohio 44601
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Basil Collins was born on December 3, 1889. He died in July 1974 at 84 years old. We know that Basil Collins had been residing in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio 44601.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Basil Collins passed away in July 1974 at 84 years old. He was born on December 3, 1889. We have no information about Basil's surviving family. We know that Basil Collins had been residing in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio 44601.
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In 1889, in the year that Basil Collins was born, on March 31st, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Because the elevators were not yet in operation, officials had to climb to the top of the tower - it took an hour. On May 15th, the Tower opened to the public - still without working elevators - but around 30,000 visitors still made the climb. The elevators went into operation on the 26th. The Tower wasn't considered aesthetically pleasing at the time but is now one of the most iconic structures in the world.

In 1910, when he was 21 years old, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1947, by the time he was 58 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1967, at the age of 78 years old, Basil was alive when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1974, in the year of Basil Collins's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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