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Robert James Leonard (1890 - 1974)

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Robert James Leonard
1890 - 1974
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1890
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1974
Brunswick, Australia
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Brunswick, Australia
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Robert James Leonard was born in 1890. He is the child of Robert Leonard and Margaret Mary Cloke Leonard. He died in 1974 in Brunswick, Australia at 84 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Robert James Leonard died in 1974 in Brunswick, Australia at 84 years of age. He was born in 1890. He is the child of Robert Leonard and Margaret Mary Cloke Leonard.
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In 1890, in the year that Robert James Leonard was born, on December 29th, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in South Dakota on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . The U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment said that they rode into the Lakota camp "trying to disarm" the inhabitants. One person, Black Coyote - who was deaf - held onto his rifle, saying that he paid a lot of money for it. Shots rang out and by the end at least 153 Lakota Sioux - some estimates say 300 - and 25 troops had died. The site of the massacre is a National Historic Landmark.

In 1929, at the age of 39 years old, Robert was alive 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 1937, he was 47 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1968, Robert was 78 years old when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1974, in the year of Robert James Leonard's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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