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Joseph Craig (1903 - 1970)

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Joseph Craig
1903 - 1970
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September 27, 1903
Death
December 1970
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Waynesboro, Wayne County, Mississippi 39367
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Joseph Craig was born on September 27, 1903. He died in December 1970 at 67 years of age. We know that Joseph Craig had been residing in Waynesboro, Wayne County, Mississippi 39367.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Joseph Craig died in December 1970 at 67 years old. He was born on September 27, 1903. There is no information about Joseph's immediate family. We know that Joseph Craig had been residing in Waynesboro, Wayne County, Mississippi 39367.
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In 1903, in the year that Joseph Craig was born, the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1919, Joseph was 16 years old when in the summer and early autumn, race riots erupted in 26 U.S. cities, resulting in hundreds of deaths and even more people being badly hurt. In most cases, African-Americans were the victims. It was called the "Red Summer". Men who were returning from World War I needed jobs and there was competition for those jobs among the races. Tension was heightened by the use by many companies of blacks as strikebreakers.

In 1958, when he was 55 years old, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1967, Joseph was 64 years old when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1970, in the year of Joseph Craig's passing, on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

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