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Vergil Laurence (1905 - 1983)

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Vergil Laurence
1905 - 1983
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July 5, 1905
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April 1983
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Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee 37040
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Vergil Laurence was born on July 5, 1905. He died in April 1983 at 77 years old. We know that Vergil Laurence had been residing in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee 37040.
Updated: November 3, 2011
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Vergil Laurence died in April 1983 at 77 years old. He was born on July 5, 1905. There is no information about Vergil's surviving family. We know that Vergil Laurence had been residing in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee 37040.
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In 1905, in the year that Vergil Laurence was born, the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

In 1950, when he was 45 years old, on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1968, by the time he was 63 years old, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1972, by the time he was 67 years old, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

In 1983, in the year of Vergil Laurence's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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