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Leon Rutkowski (1916 - 1977)

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Leon Rutkowski
1916 - 1977
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October 1, 1916
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April 1977
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Clementon, Camden County, New Jersey 08021
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Leon Rutkowski was born on October 1, 1916. He died in April 1977 at 60 years old. We know that Leon Rutkowski had been residing in Clementon, Camden County, New Jersey 08021.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Leon Rutkowski passed away in April 1977 at 60 years old. He was born on October 1, 1916. There is no information about Leon's family. We know that Leon Rutkowski had been residing in Clementon, Camden County, New Jersey 08021.
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In 1916, in the year that Leon Rutkowski was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1931, when he was just 15 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1951, he was 35 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1964, by the time he was 48 years old, 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.

In 1977, in the year of Leon Rutkowski's passing, on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

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