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Clarence Konopasek (1922 - 1974)

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Clarence Konopasek
1922 - 1974
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February 14, 1922
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March 1974
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Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois 60402
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Clarence Konopasek was born on February 14, 1922. He died in March 1974 at 52 years of age. We know that Clarence Konopasek had been residing in Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois 60402.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Clarence Konopasek passed away in March 1974 at 52 years old. He was born on February 14, 1922. There is no information about Clarence's immediate family. We know that Clarence Konopasek had been residing in Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois 60402.
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In 1922, in the year that Clarence Konopasek was born, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

In 1934, at the age of just 12 years old, Clarence was alive when 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.

In 1947, at the age of 25 years old, Clarence was alive when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1950, when he was 28 years old, 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.

In 1974, in the year of Clarence Konopasek's passing, on July 30th, the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was charged with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and the refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee. In order to avoid impeachment, Richard M. Nixon announced that he would resign on August 8th, the first President to do so.

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