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Tommy Clayton Donovan (1924 - 2009)

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Tommy Clayton Donovan
1924 - 2009
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September 21, 1924
Death
August 1, 2009
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Anaheim, Orange County, California 92804
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Tommy Clayton Donovan was born on September 21, 1924. He died on August 1, 2009 at 84 years of age. We know that Tommy Clayton Donovan had been residing in Anaheim, Orange County, California 92804.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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Tommy Clayton Donovan passed away on August 1, 2009 at 84 years of age. He was born on September 21, 1924. We are unaware of information about Tommy's family. We know that Tommy Clayton Donovan had been residing in Anaheim, Orange County, California 92804.
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In 1924, in the year that Tommy Clayton Donovan was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1941, he was 17 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1957, Tommy was 33 years old when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1988, when he was 64 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1993, by the time he was 69 years old, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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