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Joseph Morrissey (1896 - 1984)

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Joseph Morrissey
1896 - 1984
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March 10, 1896
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December 1984
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Prospect, New Haven County, Connecticut 06712
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Joseph Morrissey was born on March 10, 1896. He died in December 1984 at 88 years old. We know that Joseph Morrissey had been residing in Prospect, New Haven County, Connecticut 06712.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Joseph Morrissey passed away in December 1984 at 88 years of age. He was born on March 10, 1896. There is no information about Joseph's family or relationships. We know that Joseph Morrissey had been residing in Prospect, New Haven County, Connecticut 06712.
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In 1896, in the year that Joseph Morrissey was born, 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 1928, when he was 32 years old, 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 1938, he was 42 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1968, he was 72 years old when on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

In 1984, in the year of Joseph Morrissey's passing, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

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