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Edward Declercq (1924 - 1981)

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Edward Declercq
1924 - 1981
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January 16, 1924
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February 1981
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Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01841
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Edward Declercq was born on January 16, 1924. He died in February 1981 at age 57. We know that Edward Declercq had been residing in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01841.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Edward Declercq died in February 1981 at age 57. He was born on January 16, 1924. We have no information about Edward's immediate family. We know that Edward Declercq had been residing in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01841.
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In 1924, in the year that Edward Declercq was born, J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

In 1941, he was 17 years old when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1953, Edward was 29 years old when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1979, he was 55 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1981, in the year of Edward Declercq's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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