Benjamin Rutkowski (1911 - 1984)

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Benjamin Rutkowski
1911 - 1984
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March 29, 1911
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November 1984
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510
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Benjamin Rutkowski was born on March 29, 1911. He died in November 1984 at 73 years old. We know that Benjamin Rutkowski had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.
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Benjamin Rutkowski passed away in November 1984 at age 73. He was born on March 29, 1911. We have no information about Benjamin's family or relationships. We know that Benjamin Rutkowski had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.

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In 1911, in the year that Benjamin Rutkowski was born, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1946, by the time he was 35 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1953, when he was 42 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1968, at the age of 57 years old, Benjamin was alive when on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1984, in the year of Benjamin Rutkowski's passing, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

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