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Rolston Coles (1909 - 1998)

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Rolston Coles
1909 - 1998
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February 10, 1909
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February 14, 1998
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Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida 32963
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Rolston Coles was born on February 10, 1909. Rolston died on February 14, 1998 at age 89. We know that Rolston Coles had been residing in Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida 32963.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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Rolston Coles passed away on February 14, 1998 at 89 years old. Rolston was born on February 10, 1909. We are unaware of information about Rolston's family. We know that Rolston Coles had been residing in Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida 32963.
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In 1909, in the year that Rolston Coles was born, the New York Times published the first movie review. It was a report on D.W. Griffith's movie "Pippa Passes" also called "The Song of Conscience", a silent film. The review said that this work was moving away from "lurid material that attracted the wrath of censors and concerned citizens and toward more respectable ends. The movie was the story of a young female factory worker, on her day off, wandering and singing - thus changing the hearts of those around her towards good.

In 1923, when this person was merely 14 years old, the Teapot Dome scandal became the subject of an investigation by Senator Walsh and severely damaged the reputation of the Harding administration. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall was convicted of accepting bribes from oil companies and became the first Cabinet member to go to prison. At the time, the Teapot Dome scandal was seen as "greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".

In 1931, at the age of 22 years old, Rolston was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1973, by the time this person was 64 years old, on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

In 1998, in the year of Rolston Coles's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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