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Robert W Keefer (1914 - 1997)

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Robert W Keefer
1914 - 1997
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August 17, 1914
Death
September 8, 1997
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Northridge, Los Angeles County, California 91324
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Robert W Keefer was born on August 17, 1914. He died on September 8, 1997 at 83 years old. We know that Robert W Keefer had been residing in Northridge, Los Angeles County, California 91324.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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Robert W Keefer passed away on September 8, 1997 at 83 years old. He was born on August 17, 1914. We have no information about Robert's surviving family. We know that Robert W Keefer had been residing in Northridge, Los Angeles County, California 91324.
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In 1914, in the year that Robert W Keefer was born, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

In 1943, Robert was 29 years old when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1965, at the age of 51 years old, Robert was alive when on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

In 1976, when he was 62 years old, 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 1997, in the year of Robert W Keefer's passing, on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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