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Thomas Babbs (1935 - 1988)

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Thomas Babbs
1935 - 1988
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June 28, 1935
Death
January 1988
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Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana 47401
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Thomas Babbs was born on June 28, 1935. He died in January 1988 at age 52. We know that Thomas Babbs had been residing in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana 47401.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Thomas Babbs died in January 1988 at 52 years old. He was born on June 28, 1935. We are unaware of information about Thomas' immediate family. We know that Thomas Babbs had been residing in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana 47401.
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In 1935, in the year that Thomas Babbs was born, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1949, he was only 14 years old when on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1953, he was 18 years old when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1976, at the age of 41 years old, Thomas 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 1988, in the year of Thomas Babbs's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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