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Thomas Whitten Bridges (1884 - 1967)

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Thomas Whitten Bridges
1884 - 1967
Born
May 30, 1884
Whitthorne, Carroll County, Tennessee United States 38348
Death
September 10, 1967
Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee United States
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Thomas Whitten Bridges was born on May 30, 1884 in Whitthorne, Tennessee United States. He died on September 10, 1967 in Jackson, Tennessee United States at age 83.
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Thomas Whitten Bridges passed away on September 10, 1967 in Jackson, Tennessee United States at 83 years old. He was born on May 30, 1884 in Whitthorne, Tennessee United States. We are unaware of information about Thomas' family or relationships.
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In 1884, in the year that Thomas Whitten Bridges was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1913, he was 29 years old when the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1934, Thomas was 50 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1958, he was 74 years old when on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1967, in the year of Thomas Whitten Bridges's passing, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

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