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George Cohan (1917 - 1985)

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George Cohan
1917 - 1985
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July 19, 1917
Death
September 1985
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Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02148
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George Cohan was born on July 19, 1917. He died in September 1985 at 68 years of age. We know that George Cohan had been residing in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02148.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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George Cohan passed away in September 1985 at 68 years old. He was born on July 19, 1917. We have no information about George's family or relationships. We know that George Cohan had been residing in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 02148.
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1917 - 1985 World Events

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In 1917, in the year that George Cohan was born, it is believed that a worldwide influenza pandemic began in Asia. By 1920, it is estimated that 50 - 100 million died throughout the world (3 - 5% of the population). In the U.S. alone, 500,000 perished from what came to be called the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu.

In 1927, at the age of just 10 years old, George was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1960, at the age of 43 years old, George was alive when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1973, by the time he was 56 years old, on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

In 1985, in the year of George Cohan's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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