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Buford F Blanton (1907 - 1997)

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Buford F Blanton
1907 - 1997
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May 6, 1907
Death
June 17, 1997
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Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72205
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Buford F Blanton was born on May 6, 1907. He died on June 17, 1997 at age 90. We know that Buford F Blanton had been residing in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72205.
Updated: November 5, 2011
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Buford F Blanton passed away on June 17, 1997 at 90 years of age. He was born on May 6, 1907. We are unaware of information about Buford's family or relationships. We know that Buford F Blanton had been residing in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72205.
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In 1907, in the year that Buford F Blanton was born, the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1938, by the time he was 31 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1949, at the age of 42 years old, Buford was alive when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1984, by the time he was 77 years old, 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.

In 1997, in the year of Buford F Blanton's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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