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Vernon O Brooke (1913 - 1988)

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Vernon O Brooke
1913 - 1988
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August 11, 1913
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April 17, 1988
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Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614
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Vernon O Brooke was born on August 11, 1913. He died on April 17, 1988 at age 74. We know that Vernon O Brooke had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Vernon O Brooke passed away on April 17, 1988 at 74 years of age. He was born on August 11, 1913. There is no information about Vernon's surviving family. We know that Vernon O Brooke had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614.
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In 1913, in the year that Vernon O Brooke was born, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. It had previously taken 12 hours to assemble a whole vehicle - now it took only two hours and 30 minutes! Inspired by the production lines at flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford created moving belts for parts and the assembly line was born.

In 1940, by the time he was 27 years old, on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

In 1956, Vernon was 43 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1962, when he was 49 years old, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1988, in the year of Vernon O Brooke's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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