Robert Lee Whitfield (1921 - 1999)

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Robert Lee Whitfield
1921 - 1999
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March 17, 1921
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December 29, 1999
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19146
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Robert Lee Whitfield was born on March 17, 1921. Robert Lee died on December 29, 1999 at 78 years old. We know that Robert Lee Whitfield had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19146.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Robert Lee Whitfield died on December 29, 1999 at age 78. Robert Lee was born on March 17, 1921. There is no information about Robert Lee's family or relationships. We know that Robert Lee Whitfield had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19146.

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In 1921, in the year that Robert Lee Whitfield was born, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1938, this person was 17 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1942, at the age of 21 years old, Robert Lee was alive when due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1970, Robert Lee was 49 years old when on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

In 1996, at the age of 75 years old, Robert Lee was alive when on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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