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James T Whitaker (1964 - 1985)

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James T Whitaker
1964 - 1985
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September 4, 1964
Death
August 24, 1985
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James T Whitaker was born on September 4, 1964. He died on August 24, 1985 at 20 years of age.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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James T Whitaker died on August 24, 1985 at age 20. He was born on September 4, 1964. There is no information about James' surviving family.
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1964 - 1985 World Events

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In 1964, in the year that James T Whitaker was born, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1970, James was only 6 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1978, at the age of just 14 years old, James was alive when on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1985, in the year of James T Whitaker's passing, on March 15th, the first internet domain name was registered - Symbolics.com. Symbolics, Inc., a spinoff of the MIT AI Lab, was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Massachusetts. The company no longer exists and the domain name was sold 25 years later.

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