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Robert Donovan (1884 - 1967)

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Robert Donovan
1884 - 1967
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January 28, 1884
Death
March 1967
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Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 03104
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Robert Donovan was born on January 28, 1884. He died in March 1967 at 83 years old. We know that Robert Donovan had been residing in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 03104.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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Robert Donovan passed away in March 1967 at age 83. He was born on January 28, 1884. We are unaware of information about Robert's immediate family. We know that Robert Donovan had been residing in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 03104.
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In 1884, in the year that Robert Donovan was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1896, Robert was only 12 years old when on August 17th, the first pedestrian v car fatality occurred in Great Britain. Bridget Driscoll, age 44, was walking with her family on the grounds of The Crystal Palace in London when she was hit by a car driven by Arthur James Edsall. Edsall claimed to be going 4.5 mph and Driscoll's death was ruled an "accidental death" after an inquest.

In 1927, at the age of 43 years old, Robert was alive when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1935, by the time he was 51 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1967, in the year of Robert Donovan's passing, between June 5th and 10th, Israeli and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria fought what came to be called the "Six-Day War". The hostilities began when Israel launched "preemptive" strikes against Egypt, destroying nearly its entire air force. It ended with Israel occupying the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and West Bank.

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