Robert Davenport (1909 - 1976)

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Robert Davenport
1909 - 1976
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June 3, 1909
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November 1976
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15213
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Robert Davenport was born on June 3, 1909. He died in November 1976 at 67 years old. We know that Robert Davenport had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15213.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Robert Davenport died in November 1976 at age 67. He was born on June 3, 1909. There is no information about Robert's surviving family. We know that Robert Davenport had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15213.

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In 1909, in the year that Robert Davenport was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1916, when he was merely 7 years old, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

In 1957, at the age of 48 years old, Robert was alive when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1965, he was 56 years old when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1976, in the year of Robert Davenport'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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