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Oliver Durand (1915 - 1997)

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Oliver Durand
1915 - 1997
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May 8, 1915
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January 7, 1997
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Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut 06018
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Oliver Durand was born on May 8, 1915. He died on January 7, 1997 at 81 years old. We know that Oliver Durand had been residing in Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut 06018.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Oliver Durand died on January 7, 1997 at 81 years old. He was born on May 8, 1915. We have no information about Oliver's family. We know that Oliver Durand had been residing in Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut 06018.
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In 1915, in the year that Oliver Durand was born, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1935, by the time he was 20 years old, 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 1961, when he was 46 years old, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

In 1984, when he was 69 years old, due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

In 1997, in the year of Oliver Durand's passing, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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