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John Florence (1911 - 1980)

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John Florence
1911 - 1980
Born
October 8, 1911
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April 1980
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Seattle, King County, Washington 98105
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John Florence was born on October 8, 1911. He died in April 1980 at 68 years old. We know that John Florence had been residing in Seattle, King County, Washington 98105.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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John Florence passed away in April 1980 at 68 years of age. He was born on October 8, 1911. We have no information about John's family. We know that John Florence had been residing in Seattle, King County, Washington 98105.
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1911 - 1980 World Events

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In 1911, in the year that John Florence was born, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1935, he was 24 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1945, at the age of 34 years old, John was alive when on April 12th, President Roosevelt died of natural causes and Harry S. Truman, his Vice-President, became the 33rd President of the United States.

In 1950, when he was 39 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 1980, in the year of John Florence's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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