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Thomas Jenkins (1896 - 1981)

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Thomas Jenkins
1896 - 1981
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November 3, 1896
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June 1981
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Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31405
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Thomas Jenkins was born on November 3, 1896. He died in June 1981 at 84 years old. We know that Thomas Jenkins had been residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31405.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Thomas Jenkins passed away in June 1981 at 84 years old. He was born on November 3, 1896. We have no information about Thomas' family or relationships. We know that Thomas Jenkins had been residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 31405.
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In 1896, in the year that Thomas Jenkins was born, on January 4th, Utah became the 45th state in the United States. After the LDS Church banned polygamy in 1890, Utah's application for statehood became acceptable to Congress and the Utah Territory became Utah..

In 1901, he was only 5 years old when Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1911, Thomas was merely 15 years old when the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1953, Thomas was 57 years old when on January 20th, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States. Formerly the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe in World War II, Eisenhower had never previously held a political office.

In 1981, in the year of Thomas Jenkins's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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