Thomas Westbrook (1910 - 1987)

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1910 - In the year that Thomas Westbrook was born, Angel Island, which is in San Francisco Bay, became the immigration center for Asians entering U.S. It was often referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to restrictive laws against Chinese immigration, many immigrants spent years on the island.

1923 - When he was only 13 years old, on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

1925 - Thomas was merely 15 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

1951 - At the age of 41 years old, Thomas was alive when on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

1987 - In the year of Thomas Westbrook's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Thomas Westbrook passed away in March 1987 at 76 years of age. There is no listed cause of death for Thomas. He was born on October 28, 1910. We have no information about Thomas's immediate family. We know that Thomas Westbrook had been residing in San Diego, San Diego County, California.

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