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Kwok Thong Lum (1936 - 1957)

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Kwok Thong Lum
1936 - 1957
Born
1936
Death
1957
Toor, Australia
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Toor, Australia
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Kwok Thong Lum was born in 1936. Kwok is the child of Mun Kang Lum and Wong Choo Soong Wong Lum. Kwok died in 1957 in Toor, Australia at 21 years old.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Kwok Thong Lum passed away in 1957 in Toor, Australia at 21 years old. Kwok was born in 1936. Kwok is the child of Mun Kang Lum and Wong Choo Soong Wong Lum.
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In 1936, in the year that Kwok Thong Lum was born, on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

In 1940, Kwok was just 4 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1947, when this person was only 11 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1957, in the year of Kwok Thong Lum's passing, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

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