Thomas Reginald Armstrong (1921 - 1943)

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Thomas Reginald Armstrong
1921 - 1943
c. 1921
August 26, 1943
Thomas Reginald Armstrong was born c. 1921, and died at age 21 years old on August 26, 1943. Thomas Armstrong was buried at Chester (blacon) Cemetery Sec. A. Grave 679. in United Kingdom. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Reginald Armstrong.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: r/161129 Rank: Sergeant Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force
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Chester (blacon) Cemetery Sec. A. Grave 679. in United Kingdom
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Thomas Reginald Armstrong lived 49 years shorter than the average Armstrong family member when he died at the age of 22.
The average age of an Armstrong family member is 71.

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In 1921, in the year that Thomas Reginald Armstrong was born, in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1930, at the age of just 9 years old, Thomas was alive when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1938, when he was 17 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1943, in the year of Thomas Reginald Armstrong's passing, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.


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