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Francis Comer (1909 - 1986)

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Francis Comer
1909 - 1986
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February 19, 1909
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May 1986
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Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 15642
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Francis Comer was born on February 19, 1909. He died in May 1986 at age 77. We know that Francis Comer had been residing in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 15642.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Francis Comer passed away in May 1986 at 77 years of age. He was born on February 19, 1909. We are unaware of information about Francis' surviving family. We know that Francis Comer had been residing in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 15642.
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In 1909, in the year that Francis Comer was born, William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1922, he was just 13 years old when on James Joyce's 40th birthday, his book Ulysses was published in France. The book covers the experiences of an Irishman in Dublin on an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Now considered a classic, it was controversial at the time. Due to some sexual content, the book was banned in the U.S. during the 1920's and the U.S. Post Office destroyed 500 copies of the novel.

In 1947, at the age of 38 years old, Francis was alive 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.

In 1967, by the time he was 58 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1986, in the year of Francis Comer's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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