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Clifford Hughes (1968 - 1986)

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Clifford Hughes
1968 - 1986
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March 20, 1968
Death
June 1986
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Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina 29645
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Clifford Hughes was born on March 20, 1968. He died in June 1986 at 18 years old. We know that Clifford Hughes had been residing in Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina 29645.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Clifford Hughes died in June 1986 at 18 years of age. He was born on March 20, 1968. We have no information about Clifford's immediate family. We know that Clifford Hughes had been residing in Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina 29645.
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In 1968, in the year that Clifford Hughes was born, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1970, when he was just 2 years old, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1976, at the age of just 8 years old, Clifford was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1986, in the year of Clifford Hughes's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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