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Bill Bowman (1935 - 1981)

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Bill Bowman
1935 - 1981
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September 2, 1935
Death
January 1981
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Independence, Jackson County, Missouri 64055
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Bill Bowman was born on September 2, 1935. He died in January 1981 at 45 years of age. We know that Bill Bowman had been residing in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri 64055.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Bill Bowman died in January 1981 at 45 years of age. He was born on September 2, 1935. We are unaware of information about Bill's family. We know that Bill Bowman had been residing in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri 64055.
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In 1935, in the year that Bill Bowman was born, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1958, when he was 23 years old, on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1962, at the age of 27 years old, Bill was alive when on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1976, at the age of 41 years old, Bill was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1981, in the year of Bill Bowman's passing, on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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