James Weeks (1894 - 1976)

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James Weeks
1894 - 1976
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August 1, 1894
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March 1976
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New Brockton, Coffee County, Alabama 36351
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James Weeks was born on August 1, 1894. He died in March 1976 at 81 years old. We know that James Weeks had been residing in New Brockton, Coffee County, Alabama 36351.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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James Weeks passed away in March 1976 at 81 years old. He was born on August 1, 1894. We are unaware of information about James's immediate family. We know that James Weeks had been residing in New Brockton, Coffee County, Alabama 36351.

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In 1894, in the year that James Weeks was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1937, when he was 43 years old, 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 1940, James was 46 years old when on July 27th, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny debuted in his first film A Wild Hare - voiced by Mel Blanc. He has since appeared in more short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials than any other cartoon character. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "What's up, Doc?"

In 1964, at the age of 70 years old, James was alive when 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 1976, in the year of James Weeks's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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