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Thomas Parks (1887 - 1970)

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Thomas Parks
1887 - 1970
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August 29, 1887
Death
September 1970
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Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01843
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Thomas Parks was born on August 29, 1887. He died in September 1970 at 83 years old. We know that Thomas Parks had been residing in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01843.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Thomas Parks passed away in September 1970 at age 83. He was born on August 29, 1887. There is no information about Thomas' surviving family. We know that Thomas Parks had been residing in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts 01843.
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In 1887, in the year that Thomas Parks 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 1929, at the age of 42 years old, Thomas was alive when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1937, Thomas was 50 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1943, by the time he was 56 years old, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1970, in the year of Thomas Parks's passing, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

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