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Christophe Ruge (1904 - 1979)

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Christophe Ruge
1904 - 1979
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April 4, 1904
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May 1979
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Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut 06610
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Christophe Ruge was born on April 4, 1904. He died in May 1979 at 75 years old. We know that Christophe Ruge had been residing in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut 06610.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Christophe Ruge passed away in May 1979 at 75 years of age. He was born on April 4, 1904. We are unaware of information about Christophe's immediate family. We know that Christophe Ruge had been residing in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut 06610.
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In 1904, in the year that Christophe Ruge was born, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1911, when he was just 7 years old, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1920, by the time he was 16 years old, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1969, at the age of 65 years old, Christophe was alive when one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1979, in the year of Christophe Ruge's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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