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Robert Bruce Newlands (1891 - 1917)

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Robert Bruce Newlands
1891 - 1917
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c. 1891
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October 2, 1917
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Robert Bruce Newlands was born c. 1891. He died on October 2, 1917 at 26 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Robert Bruce Newlands passed away on October 2, 1917 at 26 years of age. he was buried in Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 31., Belgium. He was born c. 1891. We are unaware of information about Robert's immediate family.
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In 1891, in the year that Robert Bruce Newlands was born, from March 9th through the 12th, a blizzard hit the south and west of England. Called the Great Blizzard of 1891, it led to snow drifts of up to 15 feet and killed 200 people and 6,000 animals. Fourteen ships sank.

In 1900, Robert was only 9 years old when when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1909, Robert was 18 years old when William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1917, in the year of Robert Bruce Newlands's passing, "I Want You" became famous. James Montgomery Flagg's poster, featuring Uncle Sam and based on a 1914 British poster, attracted thousands of U.S. recruits to WWI duty. Over 4 million posters were printed in 1917 and 1918.

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