Robert Alexander Todd (1913 - 1943)

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Robert Alexander Todd
1913 - 1943
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c. 1913
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April 11, 1943
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Robert Alexander Todd was born c. 1913. He died on April 11, 1943 at 30 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: p/cd/x 2395 Rank: Leading Seaman Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Unit/ship/squadron: H.m.s. Beverley.
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Robert Alexander Todd passed away on April 11, 1943 at age 30. He was buried in Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 80, United Kingdom. He was born c. 1913. We are unaware of information about Robert's family.

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In 1913, in the year that Robert Alexander Todd was born, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. It had previously taken 12 hours to assemble a whole vehicle - now it took only two hours and 30 minutes! Inspired by the production lines at flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford created moving belts for parts and the assembly line was born.

In 1926, at the age of just 13 years old, Robert was alive when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1929, he was 16 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1932, he was 19 years old when on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

In 1943, in the year of Robert Alexander Todd's passing, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

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