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Gurdon Bradley (1892 - 1981)

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Gurdon Bradley
1892 - 1981
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February 9, 1892
Death
December 1981
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Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut 06071
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Gurdon Bradley was born on February 9, 1892. Gurdon died in December 1981 at 89 years of age. We know that Gurdon Bradley had been residing in Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut 06071.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Gurdon Bradley passed away in December 1981 at 89 years old. Gurdon was born on February 9, 1892. There is no information about Gurdon's family or relationships. We know that Gurdon Bradley had been residing in Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut 06071.
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In 1892, in the year that Gurdon Bradley was born, on January 1st, Ellis Island opened to process immigrants. 700 passed through on the first day - in the first year, 450,000 were processed. The processing center was originally a 3 story wooden building - with outbuildings - that burned down a few years later.

In 1921, Gurdon was 29 years old when hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1941, this person was 49 years old when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1955, when this person was 63 years old, on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1981, in the year of Gurdon Bradley's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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