Mervyn Tomlinson (1902 - 1985)

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Mervyn Tomlinson
1902 - 1985
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September 16, 1902
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April 1985
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Vashon, King County, Washington 98070
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Mervyn Tomlinson was born on September 16, 1902. He died in April 1985 at age 82. We know that Mervyn Tomlinson had been residing in Vashon, King County, Washington 98070.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Mervyn Tomlinson passed away in April 1985 at 82 years of age. He was born on September 16, 1902. We have no information about Mervyn's family. We know that Mervyn Tomlinson had been residing in Vashon, King County, Washington 98070.

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In 1902, in the year that Mervyn Tomlinson was born, about 150 thousand United Mine Workers went on strike in eastern Pennsylvania for a wage increase and more suitable hours. They eventually got a 10% raise and their workday was reduced from 10 hours to 9. Because winter was coming and most people at the time heated their homes with coal, President Teddy Roosevelt arbitrated between the owners and the workers - the first time that the Federal government arbitrated in a strike.

In 1910, when he was merely 8 years old, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1938, by the time he was 36 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1951, Mervyn was 49 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1985, in the year of Mervyn Tomlinson's passing, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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