Herbert Whittier (1885 - 1966)

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Herbert Whittier
1885 - 1966
February 25, 1885
September 1966
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Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio 44004
Herbert Whittier was born on February 25, 1885. He died in September 1966 at 81 years old. We know that Herbert Whittier had been residing in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio 44004.
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Herbert Whittier died in September 1966 at age 81. He was born on February 25, 1885. We are unaware of information about Herbert's family. We know that Herbert Whittier had been residing in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio 44004.

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In 1885, in the year that Herbert Whittier was born, on June 17th, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Two hundred thousand people and hundreds of boats greeted the statue. It had to be assembled but that had to wait until the pedestal was completed the following April.

In 1924, at the age of 39 years old, Herbert was alive when in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1934, Herbert was 49 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1947, by the time he was 62 years old, on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1966, in the year of Herbert Whittier's passing, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

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