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James Laco (1923 - 1998)

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James Laco
1923 - 1998
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May 1, 1923
Death
March 9, 1998
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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60634
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James Laco was born on May 1, 1923. He died on March 9, 1998 at 74 years of age. We know that James Laco had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60634.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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James Laco died on March 9, 1998 at age 74. He was born on May 1, 1923. We have no information about James' immediate family. We know that James Laco had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60634.
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1923 - 1998 World Events

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In 1923, in the year that James Laco was born, 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 1947, James was 24 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1958, when he was 35 years old, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1988, when he was 65 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1998, in the year of James Laco's passing, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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