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Robert Morton (1910 - 1976)

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Robert Morton
1910 - 1976
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September 23, 1910
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April 1976
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Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02124
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Robert Morton was born on September 23, 1910. He died in April 1976 at 65 years old. We know that Robert Morton had been residing in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02124.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Robert Morton passed away in April 1976 at age 65. He was born on September 23, 1910. There is no information about Robert's family or relationships. We know that Robert Morton had been residing in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 02124.
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In 1910, in the year that Robert Morton was born, Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1920, by the time he was just 10 years old, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1942, he was 32 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1962, by the time he was 52 years old, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1976, in the year of Robert Morton's passing, 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."

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