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Morley Thompson (1891 - 1975)

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Morley Thompson
1891 - 1975
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January 29, 1891
Death
April 1975
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Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia 26330
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Morley Thompson was born on January 29, 1891. He died in April 1975 at age 84. We know that Morley Thompson had been residing in Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia 26330.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Morley Thompson died in April 1975 at 84 years of age. He was born on January 29, 1891. We are unaware of information about Morley's surviving family. We know that Morley Thompson had been residing in Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia 26330.
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In 1891, in the year that Morley Thompson was born, on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1930, at the age of 39 years old, Morley was alive when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1948, when he was 57 years old, on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

In 1968, at the age of 77 years old, Morley was alive when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1975, in the year of Morley Thompson's passing, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

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