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Theodore East (1909 - 1980)

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Theodore East
1909 - 1980
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March 18, 1909
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August 1980
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Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31404
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Theodore East was born on March 18, 1909. He died in August 1980 at 71 years of age. We know that Theodore East had been residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31404.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Theodore East died in August 1980 at age 71. He was born on March 18, 1909. There is no information about Theodore's surviving family. We know that Theodore East had been residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31404.
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In 1909, in the year that Theodore East was born, William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1912, at the age of merely 3 years old, Theodore was alive when in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1958, by the time he was 49 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1976, at the age of 67 years old, Theodore was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1980, in the year of Theodore East's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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