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Hugh Phillip Griffith (1922 - 1943)

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Hugh Phillip Griffith
1922 - 1943
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c. 1922
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June 16, 1943
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Hugh Phillip Griffith was born c. 1922. He died on June 16, 1943 at 21 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Hugh Phillip Griffith died on June 16, 1943 at age 21. he was buried in Banbury Cemetery Grave 11575., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1922. We are unaware of information about Hugh's family or relationships.
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1922 - 1943 World Events

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In 1922, in the year that Hugh Phillip Griffith was born, on November 4th, British Egyptologists George Carnarvon and Howard Carter unearthed the first step leading to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. By the end of the month they had unearthed the steps and broken through the door into the intact tomb. This was the only tomb that had remained unlooted that had been found (and is, to date). Filled with gold, jewels, and ancient everyday items, the find was priceless - in terms of money and history.

In 1930, he was only 8 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 1943, in the year of Hugh Phillip Griffith's passing, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

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