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Raymond Douglas Lane (1920 - 1940)

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Raymond Douglas Lane
1920 - 1940
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c. 1920
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November 10, 1940
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Raymond Douglas Lane was born c. 1920. He died on November 10, 1940 at age 20.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 970947 Rank: Gunner Regiment: Royal Artillery Unit/ship/squadron: 59 (newfoundland) Heavy Regt.
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Raymond Douglas Lane passed away on November 10, 1940 at 20 years old. He was buried in Haywards Heath (western Road) Cemetery Plot B.g. Grave 49., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1920. There is no information about Raymond's surviving family.
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In 1920, in the year that Raymond Douglas Lane was born, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1930, by the time he was merely 10 years old, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1937, at the age of 17 years old, Raymond 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 1940, in the year of Raymond Douglas Lane's passing, in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

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