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Charles Drew (1894 - 1978)

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Charles Drew
1894 - 1978
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October 14, 1894
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August 1978
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Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90805
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Charles Drew was born on October 14, 1894. He died in August 1978 at 83 years old. We know that Charles Drew had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90805.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Charles Drew died in August 1978 at 83 years old. He was born on October 14, 1894. We have no information about Charles' family or relationships. We know that Charles Drew had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90805.
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In 1894, in the year that Charles Drew was born, on March 12th, for the first time, Coca-Cola was sold in individual bottles as a drink for consumer consumption. Previously, it was sold as a syrup for upset stomachs - over the counter.

In 1903, at the age of only 9 years old, Charles was alive when the first World Series of American baseball was played between October 1st and 13th. The Boston Americans of the American League played the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Boston came back from a three game to one deficit, winning the final four games to capture the title - such a large comeback wouldn't be repeated by a team until 1925. (A total of eight games were played.)

In 1937, he was 43 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1946, at the age of 52 years old, Charles was alive when 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 1978, in the year of Charles Drew's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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