Thomas Joseph Orourke (1865 - 1950)

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Thomas Joseph Orourke
1865 - 1950
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1865
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1950
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Thomas Joseph Orourke was born in 1865. He is the child of Edward Langley Orourke and Ann Obrien Orourke. He died in 1950 in Fitzroy, Australia at 85 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Thomas Joseph Orourke passed away in 1950 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 85. He was born in 1865. He is the child of Edward Langley Orourke and Ann Obrien Orourke.

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In 1865, in the year that Thomas Joseph Orourke was born, on April 9th, Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union Army at Appomattox Court House. Lee's surrender led to a series of surrenders in the Confederacy and in 1866 President Johnson issued a "Proclamation—Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America".

In 1889, at the age of 24 years old, Thomas was alive when on January 15th, the Coca-Cola Company was incorporated - originally as the "Pemberton Medicine Company". The Coca-Cola drink was originally created by John Stith Pemberton, first as a patent medicine and then as a soda fountain drink. Pemberton had sold the company in 1888, shortly before he died.

In 1892, he was 27 years old when on January 1st, Ellis Island opened to process immigrants. 700 passed through on the first day - in the first year, 450,000 were processed. The processing center was originally a 3 story wooden building - with outbuildings - that burned down a few years later.

In 1911, Thomas was 46 years old when the first use of aircraft as an offensive weapon occurred in the Turkish-Italian War. First used for aerial reconnaissance alone, planes were then used in aerial combat to shoot down recon planes. In World War I, planes and zeppelins evolved for use in bombing.

In 1950, in the year of Thomas Joseph Orourke's passing, on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

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