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Lawrence J Coughlin (1911 - 1994)

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Lawrence J Coughlin
1911 - 1994
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February 28, 1911
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May 17, 1994
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Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01085
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Lawrence J Coughlin was born on February 28, 1911. He died on May 17, 1994 at 83 years of age. We know that Lawrence J Coughlin had been residing in Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01085.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Lawrence J Coughlin passed away on May 17, 1994 at 83 years old. He was born on February 28, 1911. There is no information about Lawrence's family. We know that Lawrence J Coughlin had been residing in Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01085.
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In 1911, in the year that Lawrence J Coughlin was born, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1920, at the age of only 9 years old, Lawrence 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 1946, Lawrence was 35 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1974, Lawrence was 63 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1994, in the year of Lawrence J Coughlin's passing, on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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