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Robert L Amelang (1922 - 1994)

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Robert L Amelang
1922 - 1994
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September 13, 1922
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June 6, 1994
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Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland 21842
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Robert L Amelang was born on September 13, 1922. He died on June 6, 1994 at age 71. We know that Robert L Amelang had been residing in Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland 21842.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Robert L Amelang died on June 6, 1994 at age 71. He was born on September 13, 1922. There is no information about Robert's immediate family. We know that Robert L Amelang had been residing in Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland 21842.
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In 1922, in the year that Robert L Amelang was born, on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

In 1944, when he was 22 years old, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1976, at the age of 54 years old, Robert was alive when 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."

In 1988, Robert was 66 years old when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1994, in the year of Robert L Amelang's passing, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

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