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Rufus Allen (1889 - 1983)

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Rufus Allen
1889 - 1983
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March 5, 1889
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July 1983
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Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia 30577
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Rufus Allen was born on March 5, 1889. He died in July 1983 at 94 years of age. We know that Rufus Allen had been residing in Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia 30577.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Rufus Allen passed away in July 1983 at age 94. He was born on March 5, 1889. We have no information about Rufus' immediate family. We know that Rufus Allen had been residing in Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia 30577.
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In 1889, in the year that Rufus Allen was born, on March 4th, Benjamin Harrison became the 23rd President of the United States. His grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the 9th President of the United States. His father, John Scott Harrison - son of William Henry - was in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1920, at the age of 31 years old, Rufus was alive when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1949, Rufus was 60 years old when on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1960, Rufus was 71 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1983, in the year of Rufus Allen's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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