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Ezra Cottrell (1896 - 1980)

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Ezra Cottrell
1896 - 1980
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July 28, 1896
Death
January 1980
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Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana 46151
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Ezra Cottrell was born on July 28, 1896. He died in January 1980 at 83 years old. We know that Ezra Cottrell had been residing in Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana 46151.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Ezra Cottrell died in January 1980 at 83 years old. He was born on July 28, 1896. There is no information about Ezra's family. We know that Ezra Cottrell had been residing in Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana 46151.
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1896 - 1980 World Events

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In 1896, in the year that Ezra Cottrell was born, in April, the first study on global warming due to CO2 - carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere was published by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius concluded that human activity due to the Industrial Revolution would amplify CO2 in the atmosphere, causing a greenhouse effect. His conclusions have been extensively tested in the ensuing 100+ years and are still seen to hold true.

In 1901, at the age of merely 5 years old, Ezra was alive when Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1947, when he was 51 years old, in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1962, at the age of 66 years old, Ezra was alive when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1980, in the year of Ezra Cottrell's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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