Kenneth Edd Mayfield (1938 - 1971)

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Kenneth Edd Mayfield
1938 - 1971
Born
January 12, 1938
Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas United States
Death
May 29, 1971
New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas United States
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Kenneth Edd Mayfield was born on January 12, 1938 in Georgetown, Texas United States. He is the child of Margaret Joyce (Kelley) Mayfield and Edgar George "Edd" Mayfield, with siblings Rachael and Martha. He died on May 29, 1971 in New Braunfels, Texas United States at 33 years old.
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Kenneth Edd Mayfield died on May 29, 1971 in New Braunfels, Texas United States at age 33. He was born on January 12, 1938 in Georgetown, Texas United States. He is the child of Margaret Joyce (Kelley) Mayfield and Edgar George "Edd" Mayfield, with siblings Rachael and Martha.

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In 1938, in the year that Kenneth Edd Mayfield was born, 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 1947, Kenneth was only 9 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1950, at the age of just 12 years old, Kenneth was alive when on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1962, by the time he was 24 years old, lasting from October 16th - 28th, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest that the United States and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. The Soviet Union had been installing a nuclear missile base in Cuba. The United States established a blockade to stop the base from being completed. Through secret negotiations, war was averted: the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their weapons in Cuba and the United States agreed to never invade Cuba and to dismantle weapons in Turkey and Italy.

In 1971, in the year of Kenneth Edd Mayfield's passing, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

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