Clayton "Clay" Arthur Martin (born 1954)

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Clayton Arthur Martin
Hartford, Connecticut
Clayton "Clay" Arthur Martin was born in 1954 in Hartford, Connecticut . Clayton is the child of Randel Odell Martin and Newell Elizabeth (Hobgood) Martin, with sibling Kathryn.
Updated: November 3, 2014
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Clayton was born in 1954 in Hartford, Connecticut . Clayton "Clay" Arthur Martin is the child of Randel Odell Martin and Newell Elizabeth (Hobgood) Martin, with sibling Kathryn.
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In 1954, in the year that Clayton "Clay" Arthur Martin was born, from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1966, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

In 1975, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1983, on August 30th, the Soviet Union claimed that a South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 007), bound for Seoul from New York City, had strayed into Soviet airspace. Saying that they believed it to be a U.S. spy plane, the passenger jet was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 fighter - after it had tracked the airliner for two hours. All 269 passengers (including a U.S. Representative from Georgia) and crew were killed.

In 1990, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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