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Walter Cohan (1884 - 1966)

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Walter Cohan
1884 - 1966
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May 29, 1884
Death
December 1966
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Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11203
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Walter Cohan was born on May 29, 1884. He died in December 1966 at age 82. We know that Walter Cohan had been residing in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11203.
Updated: October 5, 2011
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Walter Cohan passed away in December 1966 at age 82. He was born on May 29, 1884. We have no information about Walter's immediate family. We know that Walter Cohan had been residing in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11203.
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In 1884, in the year that Walter Cohan 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 1902, by the time he was 18 years old, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1927, Walter was 43 years old when aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1947, at the age of 63 years old, Walter was alive when in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1966, in the year of Walter Cohan's passing, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

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