Ben Laravie

(1909 - 1994)

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Ben Laravie
1909 - 1994
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February 12, 1909
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April 6, 1994
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Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska 68701
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Ben Laravie was born on February 12, 1909. He died on April 6, 1994 at 85 years of age. We know that Ben Laravie had been residing in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska 68701.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Ben Laravie passed away on April 6, 1994 at age 85. He was born on February 12, 1909. We have no information about Ben's immediate family. We know that Ben Laravie had been residing in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska 68701.

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In 1909, in the year that Ben Laravie was born, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1930, Ben was 21 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1949, by the time he was 40 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1981, at the age of 72 years old, Ben was alive when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1994, in the year of Ben Laravie's passing, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

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