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George Cobb (1918 - 1983)

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George Cobb
1918 - 1983
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October 20, 1918
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August 1983
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Columbia, Tolland County, Connecticut 06237
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George Cobb was born on October 20, 1918. He died in August 1983 at age 64. We know that George Cobb had been residing in Columbia, Tolland County, Connecticut 06237.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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George Cobb passed away in August 1983 at 64 years of age. He was born on October 20, 1918. We have no information about George's surviving family. We know that George Cobb had been residing in Columbia, Tolland County, Connecticut 06237.
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In 1918, in the year that George Cobb was born, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1938, at the age of 20 years old, George was alive when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1955, by the time he was 37 years old, in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1979, George was 61 years old when on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

In 1983, in the year of George Cobb's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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