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Robert Hodges (1896 - 1982)

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Robert Hodges
1896 - 1982
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June 21, 1896
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August 1982
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Orange, Orange County, Texas 77630
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Robert Hodges was born on June 21, 1896. He died in August 1982 at 86 years old. We know that Robert Hodges had been residing in Orange, Orange County, Texas 77630.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Robert Hodges died in August 1982 at 86 years of age. He was born on June 21, 1896. We have no information about Robert's immediate family. We know that Robert Hodges had been residing in Orange, Orange County, Texas 77630.
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In 1896, in the year that Robert Hodges was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

In 1923, he was 27 years old when on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

In 1938, when he was 42 years old, 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 1958, Robert was 62 years old when on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1982, in the year of Robert Hodges's passing, on September 14th, Princess Grace of Monaco (American actress Grace Kelly), 52, died of injuries when her car plunged off a mountain road. Her 17 year old daughter, Stephanie, was also in the car and suffered serious injuries but recovered. It's believed that the accident was caused when Princess Grace, who was driving, had a mild stroke.

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