Joseph B Rodney (1917 - 2008)

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Joseph B Rodney
1917 - 2008
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February 14, 1917
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March 24, 2008
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511
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Joseph B Rodney was born on February 14, 1917. He died on March 24, 2008 at 91 years old. We know that Joseph B Rodney had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Joseph B Rodney died on March 24, 2008 at age 91. He was born on February 14, 1917. We are unaware of information about Joseph's family or relationships. We know that Joseph B Rodney had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.

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In 1917, in the year that Joseph B Rodney was born, the NHL (National Hockey League) was established as a response to the demise of the National Hockey Association (NHA). The first superstar of the League was "Phantom" Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens, a leading scorer with records that still stand. The Canadiens won the NHL championship over the Senators.

In 1921, Joseph was only 4 years old when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1931, by the time he was merely 14 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1976, he was 59 years old when 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."

In 1996, he was 79 years old when on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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