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Douglas Craighead (1937 - 1972)

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Douglas Craighead
1937 - 1972
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January 29, 1937
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November 1972
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Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana 47274
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Douglas Craighead was born on January 29, 1937. He died in November 1972 at 35 years of age. We know that Douglas Craighead had been residing in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana 47274.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Douglas Craighead died in November 1972 at age 35. He was born on January 29, 1937. There is no information about Douglas' immediate family. We know that Douglas Craighead had been residing in Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana 47274.
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In 1937, in the year that Douglas Craighead was born, on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1949, by the time he was just 12 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1956, when he was 19 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1965, by the time he was 28 years old, from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

In 1972, in the year of Douglas Craighead's passing, on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

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