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Obie Owens (1923 - 2006)

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Obie Owens
1923 - 2006
Born
August 16, 1923
Death
February 24, 2006
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Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama 35224
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Obie Owens was born on August 16, 1923. Obie died on February 24, 2006 at 82 years old. We know that Obie Owens had been residing in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama 35224.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Obie Owens passed away on February 24, 2006 at 82 years old. Obie was born on August 16, 1923. We are unaware of information about Obie's immediate family. We know that Obie Owens had been residing in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama 35224.
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In 1923, in the year that Obie Owens was born, on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1935, at the age of merely 12 years old, Obie was alive when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1954, this person was 31 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1988, by the time this person was 65 years old, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1998, by the time this person was 75 years old, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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