Percy Lane (1903 - 1976)

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Percy Lane
1903 - 1976
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December 16, 1903
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September 1976
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Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44104
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Percy Lane was born on December 16, 1903. He died in September 1976 at 72 years old. We know that Percy Lane had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44104.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Percy Lane died in September 1976 at 72 years of age. He was born on December 16, 1903. There is no information about Percy's surviving family. We know that Percy Lane had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44104.

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In 1903, in the year that Percy Lane was born, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was begun by two childhood friends, William Harley and Arthur Davidson - with help from Arthur's brother, Walter. Their first prototype - a "motor-bicycle" - couldn't climb hills without also pedaling, so they went back to the drawing board, and in 1904 their new version came in 4th in a race. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company were the only two major motorcycle companies to survive the Great Depression.

In 1918, at the age of just 15 years old, Percy was alive when on November 11th, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the fighting on the Western Front in World War I. This meant a complete defeat of Germany although Germany never formally surrendered. It took another six months of negotiations to sign an actual peace treaty between the warring parties.

In 1937, at the age of 34 years old, Percy was alive when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1967, by the time he was 64 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1976, in the year of Percy Lane's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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