Leon Cornelius (1902 - 1964)

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Leon Cornelius
1902 - 1964
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April 1, 1902
Death
December 1964
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Pennsylvania
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Leon Cornelius was born on April 1, 1902. He died in December 1964 at 62 years of age. We know that Leon Cornelius had been residing in Pennsylvania.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Leon Cornelius passed away in December 1964 at age 62. He was born on April 1, 1902. We are unaware of information about Leon's surviving family. We know that Leon Cornelius had been residing in Pennsylvania.

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In 1902, in the year that Leon Cornelius was born, the first Rose Bowl game was played in Pasadena, California. Called the "Tournament East–West football game" at the time, the Michigan Wolverines (East) played the Stanford Indians (West) - the Wolverines won 49 - 0. (The Stanford captain requested an end to the game with 8 minutes remaining.) The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 and the football game began as a way to boost tourism in the area.

In 1939, by the time he was 37 years old, on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1941, at the age of 39 years old, Leon was alive when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1959, Leon was 57 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1964, in the year of Leon Cornelius's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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