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Derek James Stockwell (1935 - 1940)

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Derek James Stockwell
1935 - 1940
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c. 1935
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October 8, 1940
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Derek James Stockwell was born c. 1935. He died on October 8, 1940 at 5 years of age.
Updated: October 1, 2013
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Derek James Stockwell died on October 8, 1940 at 5 years old. He was buried in Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough, Civilian War Dead. He was born c. 1935. We are unaware of information about Derek's family.
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In 1935, in the year that Derek James Stockwell was born, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1940, in the year of Derek James Stockwell's passing, on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1947, he was only 12 years old 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.

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