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Wilbur Howell (1915 - 1997)

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Wilbur Howell
1915 - 1997
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November 1, 1915
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October 23, 1997
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Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania 18657
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Wilbur Howell was born on November 1, 1915. He died on October 23, 1997 at 81 years old. We know that Wilbur Howell had been residing in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania 18657.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Wilbur Howell passed away on October 23, 1997 at 81 years of age. He was born on November 1, 1915. We are unaware of information about Wilbur's immediate family. We know that Wilbur Howell had been residing in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania 18657.
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In 1915, in the year that Wilbur Howell was born, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1929, by the time he was just 14 years old, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1943, at the age of 28 years old, Wilbur was alive when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1968, by the time he was 53 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 1997, in the year of Wilbur Howell's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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