Thomas Burke (1887 - 1959)

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Thomas Burke
1887 - 1959
updated February 06, 2019
Thomas Burke was born on February 22, 1887. He died in April 1959 at age 72.

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Thomas Burke died in April 1959 at 72 years old. He was born on February 22, 1887. We are unaware of information about Thomas's surviving family.
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In 1887, in the year that Thomas Burke was born, on January 28th, the largest recorded snowflakes fell in a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana. They were supposed to have been 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. A rancher in the area said that they were “larger than milk pans”. A Wild West tall tale? Not according to the Guinness World Records book.

In 1904, at the age of 17 years old, Thomas was alive when the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1913, when he was 26 years old, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1920, at the age of 33 years old, Thomas was alive when on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

In 1959, in the year of Thomas Burke's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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Thomas W. H. Burke
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around 1899 - Nov 9, 1942
Thomas Nicholas Burke
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Thomas Lyle Burke
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Thomas Herbert Burke
around 1911 - Apr 21, 1944
Thomas Francis Burke
around 1891 - Jan 10, 1918
Thomas F. Burke
around 1923 - Dec 31, 1941
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around 1929 - Oct 15, 1940
Thomas Edward Burke
around 1889 - Apr 11, 1917
Thomas Duffy Burke
around 1892 - Apr 25, 1915
Thomas Desmond Burke
around 1889 - Aug 6, 1916
Thomas Dennis Burke
around 1927 - Jul 11, 1942
Thomas Campbell Burke
around 1877 - Dec 19, 1914
Thomas Arthur Burke
around 1922 - Feb 28, 1944
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May 27, 1903 - July 1971
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Seawell Burke
Jan 10, 1901 - July 1976
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James Burke
Jul 11, 1915 - September 1978
Haw River, North Carolina
Callie H Burke
Mar 26, 1912 - Apr 26, 1999
Eden, NC
Maggie Burke
Dec 27, 1886 - March 1977
Siler City, North Carolina
John A Burke
Apr 26, 1971 - Jul 5, 2002
Wade P Burke
Oct 2, 1956 - Jan 15, 2007
Thomas Burke
Sep 15, 1924 - Sep 28, 2001
Belmont, NC
Lonie Burke
Dec 24, 1890 - August 1964
North Carolina
Patrick Burke
Jul 29, 1958 - June 1977
William Burke
Aug 5, 1912 - December 1947
Annie B Burke
Jun 7, 1901 - Apr 14, 1996
Gastonia, NC
Fannie S Burke
Dec 8, 1916 - Aug 4, 2002
Chesapeake, VA
Charles E Burke
Jan 6, 1960 - Jun 12, 2002
Hattie Burke
Nov 26, 1888 - May 1977
Washington, District of Columbia
William H Burke
Jun 10, 1918 - Jan 26, 2001
Raleigh, NC
James E Burke
Dec 3, 1912 - Feb 23, 1991
James Burke
Nov 6, 1919 - May 1957
Esther Burke
Sep 6, 1902 - July 1986
Olin, North Carolina

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George Smith
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Herbert Wheeler
Jul 6, 1909 - June 1976
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Shannon Allison
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Java Small
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Mar 30, 1920 - May 10, 2001
Havelock, NC
Clarence A Mangum
Dec 20, 1907 - Jan 1, 1989
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Hanly Holt
Apr 26, 1914 - June 1978
Burlington, North Carolina
Otha M Ross
May 24, 1908 - Oct 24, 1999
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Cletus J Smith
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Ernest Vaughn
Aug 24, 1901 - January 1966
Henry Dowd
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