Orbie R Ragains (1924 - 2009)

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Orbie R Ragains
1924 - 2009
February 11, 1924
October 7, 2009
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Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61607
Orbie R Ragains was born on February 11, 1924. Orbie died on October 7, 2009 at age 85. We know that Orbie R Ragains had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61607.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Orbie R Ragains passed away on October 7, 2009 at 85 years old. Orbie was born on February 11, 1924. We have no information about Orbie's immediate family. We know that Orbie R Ragains had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61607.

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In 1924, in the year that Orbie R Ragains was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1935, this person was just 11 years old when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1952, at the age of 28 years old, Orbie was alive when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1962, when this person was 38 years old, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1998, at the age of 74 years old, Orbie was alive when on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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