William R Sanford (1944 - 1994)

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William R Sanford
1944 - 1994
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October 20, 1944
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April 10, 1994
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Mount Olive, Covington County, Mississippi 39119
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William R Sanford was born on October 20, 1944. He died on April 10, 1994 at 49 years old. We know that William R Sanford had been residing in Mount Olive, Covington County, Mississippi 39119.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William R Sanford passed away on April 10, 1994 at 49 years of age. He was born on October 20, 1944. There is no information about William's immediate family. We know that William R Sanford had been residing in Mount Olive, Covington County, Mississippi 39119.

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In 1944, in the year that William R Sanford was born, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1957, at the age of only 13 years old, William was alive 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 1976, by the time he was 32 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1980, at the age of 36 years old, William was alive when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

In 1994, in the year of William R Sanford's passing, on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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