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Leo Maurice Cohan (1911 - 2010)

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Leo Maurice Cohan
1911 - 2010
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June 19, 1911
Death
January 15, 2010
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Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060
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Leo Maurice Cohan was born on June 19, 1911. He died on January 15, 2010 at 98 years of age. We know that Leo Maurice Cohan had been residing in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Leo Maurice Cohan died on January 15, 2010 at 98 years of age. He was born on June 19, 1911. We are unaware of information about Leo's family. We know that Leo Maurice Cohan had been residing in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060.
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In 1911, in the year that Leo Maurice Cohan was born, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1929, he was 18 years old when on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1942, at the age of 31 years old, Leo was alive when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1958, by the time he was 47 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1986, by the time he was 75 years old, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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