Gerard Maroney (1920 - 1980)

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Gerard Maroney
1920 - 1980
December 12, 1920
November 1980
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Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 02360
Gerard Maroney was born on December 12, 1920. He died in November 1980 at 59 years old. We know that Gerard Maroney had been residing in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 02360.
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Gerard Maroney passed away in November 1980 at 59 years old. He was born on December 12, 1920. We are unaware of information about Gerard's surviving family. We know that Gerard Maroney had been residing in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 02360.

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In 1920, in the year that Gerard Maroney was born, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1935, when he was merely 15 years old, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1952, when he was 32 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1965, when he was 45 years old, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1980, in the year of Gerard Maroney's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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