Thomas Burke (1897 - 1978)

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Thomas Burke
1897 - 1978
Born
July 10, 1897
Death
March 1978
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508
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Thomas Burke was born on July 10, 1897. He died in March 1978 at 80 years of age. We know that Thomas Burke had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Thomas Burke died in March 1978 at age 80. He was born on July 10, 1897. We are unaware of information about Thomas's family or relationships. We know that Thomas Burke had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.

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In 1897, in the year that Thomas Burke was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1924, Thomas was 27 years old when Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1936, he was 39 years old when on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

In 1952, Thomas was 55 years old when on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

In 1978, in the year of Thomas Burke's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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