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Ira Lowther (1924 - 1985)

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Ira Lowther
1924 - 1985
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July 24, 1924
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January 1985
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College Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland 20740
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Ira Lowther was born on July 24, 1924. He died in January 1985 at age 60. We know that Ira Lowther had been residing in College Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland 20740.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Ira Lowther died in January 1985 at 60 years old. He was born on July 24, 1924. We are unaware of information about Ira's surviving family. We know that Ira Lowther had been residing in College Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland 20740.
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In 1924, in the year that Ira Lowther was born, on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1937, Ira was just 13 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1960, by the time he was 36 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1978, Ira was 54 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1985, in the year of Ira Lowther's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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