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Lajb Berkowitz (1902 - 1970)

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Lajb Berkowitz
1902 - 1970
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May 5, 1902
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May 1970
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Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey 08527
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Lajb Berkowitz was born on May 5, 1902. Lajb died in May 1970 at 67 years old. We know that Lajb Berkowitz had been residing in Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey 08527.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Lajb Berkowitz died in May 1970 at age 67. Lajb was born on May 5, 1902. There is no information about Lajb's family or relationships. We know that Lajb Berkowitz had been residing in Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey 08527.
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In 1902, in the year that Lajb Berkowitz was born, about 150 thousand United Mine Workers went on strike in eastern Pennsylvania for a wage increase and more suitable hours. They eventually got a 10% raise and their workday was reduced from 10 hours to 9. Because winter was coming and most people at the time heated their homes with coal, President Teddy Roosevelt arbitrated between the owners and the workers - the first time that the Federal government arbitrated in a strike.

In 1920, at the age of 18 years old, Lajb was alive when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1933, by the time this person was 31 years old, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1951, by the time this person was 49 years old, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1970, in the year of Lajb Berkowitz's passing, on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

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