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Clifton Owens (1906 - 1972)

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Clifton Owens
1906 - 1972
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August 8, 1906
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May 1972
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Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 62960
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Clifton Owens was born on August 8, 1906. He died in May 1972 at 65 years of age. We know that Clifton Owens had been residing in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 62960.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Clifton Owens passed away in May 1972 at 65 years old. He was born on August 8, 1906. There is no information about Clifton's immediate family. We know that Clifton Owens had been residing in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 62960.
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In 1906, in the year that Clifton Owens was born, the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

In 1917, by the time he was just 11 years old, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

In 1933, by the time he was 27 years old, on March 4th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. He was elected four times (equaled by no other President) and guided the United States through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War 2. His wife was his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's niece) who President Truman called "First Lady of the World". Some of the major programs that survive from his presidency are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act (The National Labor Relations Act of 1935) , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

In 1959, by the time he was 53 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1972, in the year of Clifton Owens's passing, on November 7th, Richard Nixon won re-election, amidst the dawning knowledge of the Watergate scandal, by 60.7% to anti-war candidate George McGovern's 37.5%.

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