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Samuel Atkinson (1899 - 1979)

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Samuel Atkinson
1899 - 1979
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April 5, 1899
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April 1979
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Braddock, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15104
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Samuel Atkinson was born on April 5, 1899. He died in April 1979 at 79 years of age. We know that Samuel Atkinson had been residing in Braddock, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15104.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Samuel Atkinson passed away in April 1979 at 79 years old. He was born on April 5, 1899. There is no information about Samuel's surviving family. We know that Samuel Atkinson had been residing in Braddock, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15104.
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In 1899, in the year that Samuel Atkinson was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1903, at the age of merely 4 years old, Samuel was alive when the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was begun by two childhood friends, William Harley and Arthur Davidson - with help from Arthur's brother, Walter. Their first prototype - a "motor-bicycle" - couldn't climb hills without also pedaling, so they went back to the drawing board, and in 1904 their new version came in 4th in a race. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company were the only two major motorcycle companies to survive the Great Depression.

In 1911, at the age of merely 12 years old, Samuel was alive when the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1924, he was 25 years old when J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

In 1979, in the year of Samuel Atkinson's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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