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Gilbert W Declercq (1911 - 2002)

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Gilbert W Declercq
1911 - 2002
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April 8, 1911
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November 2, 2002
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Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida 34210
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Gilbert W Declercq was born on April 8, 1911. He died on November 2, 2002 at 91 years old. We know that Gilbert W Declercq had been residing in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida 34210.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Gilbert W Declercq died on November 2, 2002 at 91 years of age. He was born on April 8, 1911. We are unaware of information about Gilbert's immediate family. We know that Gilbert W Declercq had been residing in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida 34210.
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In 1911, in the year that Gilbert W Declercq was born, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1930, Gilbert was 19 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1949, when he was 38 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1983, at the age of 72 years old, Gilbert was alive when "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.

In 1992, Gilbert was 81 years old when in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

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