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Orren W Nicholson (1901 - 1995)

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Orren W Nicholson
1901 - 1995
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December 8, 1901
Death
February 2, 1995
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Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501
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Orren W Nicholson was born on December 8, 1901. Orren died on February 2, 1995 at age 93. We know that Orren W Nicholson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Orren W Nicholson died on February 2, 1995 at age 93. Orren was born on December 8, 1901. We have no information about Orren's family or relationships. We know that Orren W Nicholson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
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In 1901, in the year that Orren W Nicholson was born, shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1920, at the age of 19 years old, Orren was alive when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1931, when this person was 30 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1971, at the age of 70 years old, Orren was alive when on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

In 1995, in the year of Orren W Nicholson's passing, on October 16th, the Million Man March took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. The March was organized to address "the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities". An estimated 850,000 people attended.

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