Jack Gifford (1911 - 1993)

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Jack Gifford
1911 - 1993
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May 16, 1911
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January 1, 1993
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16509
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Jack Gifford was born on May 16, 1911. He died on January 1, 1993 at 81 years old. We know that Jack Gifford had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16509.
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Jack Gifford passed away on January 1, 1993 at age 81. He was born on May 16, 1911. There is no information about Jack's family or relationships. We know that Jack Gifford had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16509.

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In 1911, in the year that Jack Gifford was born, British physicist Ernest Rutherford (born in New Zealand), along with German physicist Hans Geiger, discovered the structure of an atom. He found that atoms had nuclei (a nucleus) and were circled by electrons, much as planets orbit the sun.

In 1938, Jack was 27 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1959, when he was 48 years old, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1967, when he was 56 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1993, in the year of Jack Gifford's passing, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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