Ira Becton

(1919 - 1972)

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Ira Becton
1919 - 1972
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February 8, 1919
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May 1972
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Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33142
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Ira Becton was born on February 8, 1919. He died in May 1972 at 53 years old. We know that Ira Becton had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33142.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ira Becton passed away in May 1972 at age 53. He was born on February 8, 1919. We are unaware of information about Ira's surviving family. We know that Ira Becton had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33142.

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In 1919, in the year that Ira Becton was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1923, Ira was just 4 years old when Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1944, he was 25 years old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1955, he was 36 years old when in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1972, in the year of Ira Becton'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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