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During His Lifetime

A lot happened in his 93.5 years. Here are a few highlights.

He saw 17 Presidents take the office

Prohibition January 16th 1919 the 18th amendment passes leading to prohibition.

Prohibition opens the door for massive corruption and gagster activity including the infamous "Scarface" Al Capone, John Dillinger, and "Baby Face" Nelson. Joe Kennedy amassed his fortune through illegal alcohol trade as well.

The Great Depression

Many things led to the Great Depression, but in effect the crash of the stock market in 1929 pushed things over the edge.  

 

  1917 2009
Federal spending: $1.95 billion $2,650 billion
Consumer Price Index: 12.8 214.5
Unemployment: 4.6% 9.3%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02 cents $0.44 cents
Remarkably only two new states were added
48 Arizona February 14, 1912
49 Alaska January 3, 1959
50 Hawaii August 21, 1959
Seven wars officially declared

Inventions... well almost 100 years and a technological revolution, we moved from Bi-Planes to Space Shuttles, abacuses to laptop computers, bulky black and white cameras to digital video cameras that are small enough to fit in a capsule, the first telephone lines from coast to coast and overseas to cell phones in every pocket and so on.

 

 

The Decca Company manufactured the first portable (wind-up) gramophone in 1913, and the first disc to be recorded electrically instead of mechanically appeared in 1920. Electric gramophones or record-players came in 1925. The first long-playing records (LPs) actually appeared in 1904, but those playing at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, as now, were not produced until 1931. Discs made of shellac broke easily, but these began to be replaced by discs made of almost unbreakable vinylite in 1946. Compact discs were invented in 1965 but were not commercially available until the mid 1980's. And now IPODs and other MP3 players that hold thousands of songs on a small storage device.

 
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