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Robert Paul Gourdouze (1938 - 2005)

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Robert Paul Gourdouze
1938 - 2005
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January 6, 1938
Death
November 5, 2005
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Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina 29579
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Robert Paul Gourdouze was born on January 6, 1938. He died on November 5, 2005 at 67 years old. We know that Robert Paul Gourdouze had been residing in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina 29579.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Robert Paul Gourdouze died on November 5, 2005 at 67 years old. He was born on January 6, 1938. There is no information about Robert's family. We know that Robert Paul Gourdouze had been residing in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina 29579.
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In 1938, in the year that Robert Paul Gourdouze was born, 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 1962, Robert was 24 years old when 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 1977, by the time he was 39 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1988, when he was 50 years old, 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 1995, at the age of 57 years old, Robert was alive when on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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