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Robert W Thorne (1919 - 2001)

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Robert W Thorne
1919 - 2001
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November 7, 1919
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April 1, 2001
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Cary, Wake County, North Carolina 27511
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Robert W Thorne was born on November 7, 1919. He died on April 1, 2001 at age 81. We know that Robert W Thorne had been residing in Cary, Wake County, North Carolina 27511.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Robert W Thorne died on April 1, 2001 at 81 years of age. He was born on November 7, 1919. We are unaware of information about Robert's family or relationships. We know that Robert W Thorne had been residing in Cary, Wake County, North Carolina 27511.
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In 1919, in the year that Robert W Thorne was born, Indian lawyer Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Satyagraha campaigns, beginning the nonviolent resistance movement against British rule of India. Satyagraha means "holding onto truth" and the campaign for India independence, which was eventually obtained, called for "self-suffering" rather than inflicting suffering (i.e., violence) on others.

In 1929, at the age of merely 10 years old, Robert was alive when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1937, by the time he was 18 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1942, Robert was 23 years old 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 1981, at the age of 62 years old, Robert was alive when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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