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Leo Crowley (1889 - 1972)

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Leo Crowley
1889 - 1972
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August 15, 1889
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April 1972
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Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin 53711
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Leo Crowley was born on August 15, 1889. He died in April 1972 at 82 years of age. We know that Leo Crowley had been residing in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin 53711.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Leo Crowley died in April 1972 at age 82. He was born on August 15, 1889. There is no information about Leo's immediate family. We know that Leo Crowley had been residing in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin 53711.
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1889 - 1972 World Events

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In 1889, in the year that Leo Crowley was born, on April 20th, Adolf Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary - now Austria. In his early 30's, he began his rise to power in German politics, eventually becoming the leader of the Nazi Party and Führer of Nazi Germany. He presided over the death of millions of civilians as well as leading Germany through World War II.

In 1905, at the age of 16 years old, Leo was alive when the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

In 1928, when he was 39 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1935, at the age of 46 years old, Leo was alive when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1972, in the year of Leo Crowley's passing, on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

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