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Howard Arthur Ruge (1918 - 1988)

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Howard Arthur Ruge
1918 - 1988
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August 7, 1918
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October 1, 1988
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Colon, Saint Joseph County, Michigan 49040
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Howard Arthur Ruge was born on August 7, 1918. He died on October 1, 1988 at 70 years old. We know that Howard Arthur Ruge had been residing in Colon, Saint Joseph County, Michigan 49040.
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Howard Arthur Ruge passed away on October 1, 1988 at 70 years of age. He was born on August 7, 1918. We are unaware of information about Howard's immediate family. We know that Howard Arthur Ruge had been residing in Colon, Saint Joseph County, Michigan 49040.
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In 1918, in the year that Howard Arthur Ruge was born, 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 1943, when he was 25 years old, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1965, when he was 47 years old, from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

In 1972, when he was 54 years old, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

In 1988, in the year of Howard Arthur Ruge's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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