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Gerald M Wood (1934 - 2008)

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Gerald M Wood
1934 - 2008
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December 14, 1934
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November 15, 2008
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Deary, Latah County, Idaho 83823
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Gerald M Wood was born on December 14, 1934. He died on November 15, 2008 at 73 years old. We know that Gerald M Wood had been residing in Deary, Latah County, Idaho 83823.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Gerald M Wood died on November 15, 2008 at 73 years old. He was born on December 14, 1934. There is no information about Gerald's immediate family. We know that Gerald M Wood had been residing in Deary, Latah County, Idaho 83823.
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In 1934, in the year that Gerald M Wood was born, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1953, Gerald was 19 years old when on January 20th, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States. Formerly the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe in World War II, Eisenhower had never previously held a political office.

In 1967, when he was 33 years old, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

In 1978, at the age of 44 years old, Gerald was alive when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1996, Gerald was 62 years old when on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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