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Francis Robert Spence (1886 - 1964)

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Francis Robert Spence
1886 - 1964
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1886
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1964
Heal, Australia
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Heal, Australia
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Francis Robert Spence was born in 1886. He is the child of Alexander Fr Spence and Emily Agnes Reynolds Spence. He died in 1964 in Heal, Australia at 78 years of age.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Francis Robert Spence died in 1964 in Heal, Australia at age 78. He was born in 1886. He is the child of Alexander Fr Spence and Emily Agnes Reynolds Spence.
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In 1886, in the year that Francis Robert Spence was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

In 1916, Francis was 30 years old when the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

In 1947, he was 61 years old 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 1954, he was 68 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1964, in the year of Francis Robert Spence's passing, on February 9th, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched - although the Beatles couldn't be heard because of the loud screaming of the female teenage audience.

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