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Homer Mitchell (1891 - 1972)

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Homer Mitchell
1891 - 1972
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July 9, 1891
Death
January 1972
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Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana 47842
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Homer Mitchell was born on July 9, 1891. He died in January 1972 at age 80. We know that Homer Mitchell had been residing in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana 47842.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Homer Mitchell passed away in January 1972 at 80 years old. He was born on July 9, 1891. There is no information about Homer's family. We know that Homer Mitchell had been residing in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana 47842.
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1891 - 1972 World Events

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In 1891, in the year that Homer Mitchell was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1905, he was merely 14 years old when the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1918, he was 27 years old when on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1932, at the age of 41 years old, Homer was alive when five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1972, in the year of Homer Mitchell's passing, on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

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