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Robertson Blair (1886 - 1967)

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Robertson Blair
1886 - 1967
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October 19, 1886
Death
July 1967
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Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota 58201
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Robertson Blair was born on October 19, 1886. Robertson died in July 1967 at 80 years of age. We know that Robertson Blair had been residing in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota 58201.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Robertson Blair died in July 1967 at 80 years old. Robertson was born on October 19, 1886. We have no information about Robertson's surviving family. We know that Robertson Blair had been residing in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota 58201.
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In 1886, in the year that Robertson Blair was born, on June 13th, the "Great Vancouver Fire" destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia. A small brush fire got out of control and spread to the rest of the city. Dozens of people died and it was only after the fire that money was raised for a fire hall. The local Squamish tribe rescued people who had jumped into bodies of water to escape the conflagration.

In 1894, at the age of just 8 years old, Robertson was alive when on March 12th, for the first time, Coca-Cola was sold in individual bottles as a drink for consumer consumption. Previously, it was sold as a syrup for upset stomachs - over the counter.

In 1900, when this person was merely 14 years old, when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1917, when this person was 31 years old, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

In 1967, in the year of Robertson Blair's passing, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

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