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John Benjamin Demeo (1878 - 1961)

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John Benjamin Demeo
1878 - 1961
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1878
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1961
Kama, Australia
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Kama, Australia
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John Benjamin Demeo was born in 1878. He is the child of Andrea Demeo and Ellen Demeo. He died in 1961 in Kama, Australia at age 83.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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John Benjamin Demeo passed away in 1961 in Kama, Australia at age 83. He was born in 1878. He is the child of Andrea Demeo and Ellen Demeo.
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In 1878, in the year that John Benjamin Demeo was born, in Africa, the death of the last confirmed Cape lion occurred. The Cape lion was slightly larger than other lions and had black ears, a black mane, and black hair on its belly.

In 1896, when he was 18 years old, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1949, when he was 71 years old, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1950, when he was 72 years old, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1961, in the year of John Benjamin Demeo's passing, on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

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