Douglas M Woodruff (1914 - 1992)

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Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi

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Donna Woodruff-Barstrom

Donna Woodruff-Barstrom

Brandon Richard Woodruff

Brandon Richard Woodruff

Dennis and Norma Woodruff

Dennis and Norma Woodruff

Willard Woodruff, 1942, at Fresno Technical High School

Willard Woodruff, 1942, at Fresno Technical High School

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Lura Woodruff Owen & twin daughters

Lura Woodruff Owen & twin daughters

Catharine Ellis Rodig Willard & Richard Willard and grandkids

Catharine Ellis Rodig Willard & Richard Willard and grandkids

Mamie Woodruff

Mamie Woodruff

My Gggrandmother Sarah Ann Learn Woodruff

My Gggrandmother Sarah Ann Learn Woodruff

My Ggrandmother Olivia Boyd Woodruff & 2 sisters

My Ggrandmother Olivia Boyd Woodruff & 2 sisters

My Ggrandparents John & Olivia Woodruff

My Ggrandparents John & Olivia Woodruff

The Irey Family

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My Ggrandfather John Woodruff Donna Woodruff-Barstrom Brandon Richard Woodruff Dennis and Norma Woodruff

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1914 - In the year that Douglas M Woodruff was born, in only his second big-screen appearance, Charlie Chaplin played the Little Tramp, his most famous character. The silent film was made in January and released the following year. Of the character, Chaplin said: "On the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large." The moustache was added to age his 24-year-old face without masking his expressions.

1915 - At the age of only 1 year old, Douglas was alive when the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

1926 - Douglas was just 12 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

1972 - He was 58 years old when on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

1992 - In the year of Douglas M Woodruff's passing, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

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Douglas M Woodruff died on October 20, 1992 at 78 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. He was born on August 9, 1914. We have no information about Douglas's immediate family. We know that Douglas M Woodruff had been residing in Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi.

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