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Richard Charles Schwan (1919 - 2008)

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Richard Charles Schwan
1919 - 2008
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September 24, 1919
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December 25, 2008
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Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida 34951
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Richard Charles Schwan was born on September 24, 1919. He died on December 25, 2008 at 89 years old. We know that Richard Charles Schwan had been residing in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida 34951.
Updated: June 22, 2016
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Richard Charles Schwan passed away on December 25, 2008 at 89 years old. He was buried in South Florida National Cemetery Section 36E Site 200, Lake Worth, Florida . He was born on September 24, 1919. There is no information about Richard's family. We know that Richard Charles Schwan had been residing in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida 34951.
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In 1919, in the year that Richard Charles Schwan was born, Indian lawyer Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Satyagraha campaigns, beginning the nonviolent resistance movement against British rule of India. Satyagraha means "holding onto truth" and the campaign for India independence, which was eventually obtained, called for "self-suffering" rather than inflicting suffering (i.e., violence) on others.

In 1924, Richard was only 5 years old when J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

In 1938, Richard was 19 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1942, Richard was 23 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1952, he was 33 years old when on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

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