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Matthew Roberts (1894 - 1977)

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Matthew Roberts
1894 - 1977
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March 2, 1894
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October 1977
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Golconda, Pope County, Illinois 62938
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Matthew Roberts was born on March 2, 1894. He died in October 1977 at 83 years old. We know that Matthew Roberts had been residing in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois 62938.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Matthew Roberts passed away in October 1977 at 83 years of age. He was born on March 2, 1894. We are unaware of information about Matthew's immediate family. We know that Matthew Roberts had been residing in Golconda, Pope County, Illinois 62938.
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In 1894, in the year that Matthew Roberts was born, on April 21st, a coal miners' strike closed mines throughout the central United States. The Panic of 1893, and the resulting depression, hit coal miners hard and the miners only struck for 8 weeks - they couldn't afford to live without their wages any longer.

In 1905, Matthew was merely 11 years old 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 1912, he was 18 years old when the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

In 1927, when he was 33 years old, 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1977, in the year of Matthew Roberts'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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