Benjamin Tillis (1893 - 1987)

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Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida

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1893 - In the year that Benjamin Tillis was born, on November 7th, the women of Colorado were given the right to vote via a state referendum. Fifty-five percent of voters turned out and the referendum passed with 35,798 voting in favor and 29,551 voting against.

1934 - By the time he was 41 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

1948 - Benjamin was 55 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

1950 - He was 57 years old when in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

1987 - In the year of Benjamin Tillis's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Benjamin Tillis passed away in February 1987 at 93 years of age. No cause of death has been entered for Benjamin. He was born on April 14, 1893. There is no information about Benjamin's family. We know that Benjamin Tillis had been residing in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida.

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