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John A Grooms (1889 - 1988)

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John A Grooms
1889 - 1988
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March 5, 1889
Death
June 2, 1988
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West Union, Adams County, Ohio 45693
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John A Grooms was born on March 5, 1889. He died on June 2, 1988 at 99 years old. We know that John A Grooms had been residing in West Union, Adams County, Ohio 45693.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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John A Grooms passed away on June 2, 1988 at 99 years old. He was born on March 5, 1889. We are unaware of information about John's immediate family. We know that John A Grooms had been residing in West Union, Adams County, Ohio 45693.
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In 1889, in the year that John A Grooms was born, on April 22nd, at "high noon," about 50,000 people took off to claim open lands in the Land Rush of 1889. Called the "Unassigned Lands," part or all of 6 counties in Oklahoma were up for grabs. By the end of the day, Oklahoma City and Guthrie were created - each with about 10,000 inhabitants.

In 1914, John was 25 years old when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1947, John was 58 years old when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1977, at the age of 88 years old, John was alive when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1988, in the year of John A Grooms's passing, 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.

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