Jack W Thompson (1920 - 1999)

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Jack W Thompson
1920 - 1999
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September 3, 1920
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May 9, 1999
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Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida 32504
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Jack W Thompson was born on September 3, 1920. He died on May 9, 1999 at 78 years old. We know that Jack W Thompson had been residing in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida 32504.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Jack W Thompson passed away on May 9, 1999 at 78 years of age. He was born on September 3, 1920. We are unaware of information about Jack's family or relationships. We know that Jack W Thompson had been residing in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida 32504.

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In 1920, in the year that Jack W Thompson was born, Italian born factory worker Nicola Sacco and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti were picked up by police on May 5th in connection with the April 15th murder and robbery of a guard and a paymaster at the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Mass. Although in later years they were thought to be innocent, they were anarchists and were convicted of the crime and put to death.

In 1938, he was 18 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 1955, when he was 35 years old, on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1962, Jack was 42 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1992, when he was 72 years old, on February 1st, US President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia jointly announced an end to the Cold War, proclaiming a new era of "friendship and partnership". At Camp David in Maryland, they reviewed ways to jointly reduce nuclear arms and support reforms in Russia but no agreement was reached at that meeting.

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