Lamar Cooper (1898 - 1981)

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Lamar Cooper
1898 - 1981
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April 11, 1898
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December 1981
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San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95117
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Lamar Cooper was born on April 11, 1898. He died in December 1981 at 83 years old. We know that Lamar Cooper had been residing in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95117.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Lamar Cooper passed away in December 1981 at 83 years old. He was born on April 11, 1898. There is no information about Lamar's family or relationships. We know that Lamar Cooper had been residing in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95117.

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In 1898, in the year that Lamar Cooper was born, magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled 84% of the oil and pipelines in the United States. Rockefeller grew Standard Oil through the merger of several other small oil companies throughout the U.S., creating a monopoly.

In 1909, at the age of only 11 years old, Lamar was alive when the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1938, he was 40 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1977, Lamar was 79 years old when on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

In 1981, in the year of Lamar Cooper's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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