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John R Lear (1928 - 1999)

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John R Lear
1928 - 1999
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January 24, 1928
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September 4, 1999
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Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19426
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John R Lear was born on January 24, 1928. He died on September 4, 1999 at 71 years old. We know that John R Lear had been residing in Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19426.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John R Lear passed away on September 4, 1999 at age 71. He was born on January 24, 1928. We have no information about John's immediate family. We know that John R Lear had been residing in Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19426.
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In 1928, in the year that John R Lear was born, aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

In 1946, when he was 18 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1978, he was 50 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1985, at the age of 57 years old, John was alive when 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.

In 1999, in the year of John R Lear's passing, the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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