Jack Dempsey
American boxer
Jack Dempsey
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American professional boxer who held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey's aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million dollar gate. He is listed #10 on The Ring's list of all-time heavyweights and #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers.
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Hot Corner: Tim Tebow wasn't worth first-round pick - al.com
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(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) It is still early, but it is becoming more apparent that Tim Tebow will not succeed as a starting quarterback in the NFL. I could see him possibly staying in the league as a situational player. Saturday night, playing the fourth
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Broncos both thrilled, concerned about their D - Houston Chronicle
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Photo: Jack Dempsey / AP Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (98) react after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug
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Colorado head coach Jon Embree: Q&A - ESPN
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AP Photo/Jack Dempsey Jon Embree, who played at Colorado from 1983-86, is the first black head coach in Buffaloes history. Colorado hopes it has found the man to lead its football team back to glory. In selecting Jon Embree as the
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BREAKING NEWS: Early stages of a pass rush found in Denver - BroncoTalk
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(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) There are reports coming out of Denver, Colorado that the early stages of a pass rush are beginning to develop. The reporters who are actually focusing on real news, rather than Tim Tebow's next bowel movement, are stating that
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Photos from Astros-Rockies series - Houston Chronicle (blog)
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(Jack Dempsey / Associated Press) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve throws out Colorado's Eric Young Jr. at first base during the fifth inning. (Jack Dempsey / Associated Press) Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) high-fives second baseman Chris ... -
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Jack Dempsey Melvin - Alachua County Today
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Mr. Dempsey was born February 16, 1939, in Westgreen, Ga., to Kiler and Annie Lee Merritt Melvin. Jack was a retired salesman with Flowers Baking Company (Sunbeam Bread). He loved caring for his beloved dog, Dee Dee and his kitty cat, Patches;
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85 dogs rescued after owner found dead in Montague County - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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The body of 73-year-old Jack Dempsey Beasley was found Wednesday at his residence near Stoneburg after concerned relatives contacted the Sheriff's Department to check on him, Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said. A medical examiner listed the
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Trade talk: MLB stars who may be traded - Austin American-Statesman
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Jack Dempsey/AP By Kevin Lyttle Jose Reyes, SS, Mets: Arguably the NL MVP so far, this lineup igniter (and soon-to-be free agent) would look terrific at the top of the Giants lineup. Or the Reds. Or the Cardinals. Or the Braves. Or
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Who could become the next Boxing “Superstar”? - BoxingNews24.com
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Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya are just a few that come to mind. Two men currently occupy the role of boxing superstar…Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
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Author speaks about book about Dempsey fight in Shelby, Monday - Great Falls Tribune
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World-renowned boxer Jack Dempsey fought Tommy Gibson for the world heavyweight championship 88 years ago last Monday in Shelby. Author Jason Kelly recently wrote a book about the fight called "Shelby's Folly: Jack Dempsey, Doc Kearns and the Shakedown
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Photos: Rockies beat White Sox 3-2 in 13 innings - Denver Post
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(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) DENVER, CO - JUNE 28: Center fielder Gordon Beckham #15 of the Chicago White Sox scores in front of starting pitcher Jason Hammel #46 of the Colorado Rockies on an RBI double by Juan Pierre of the White Sox to give the White Sox ... - -
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AP Photo/Jack Dempsey - WRGB
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BYU's Jimmer Fredette is greeted by fans as he walks off the court after BYU defeated Gonzaga 89-67 in a Southeast regional third round NCAA tournament college basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Denver. NEWARK, NJ -- Glens Falls native
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Players not working out for Sixers makes job tougher - phillyBurbs.com (blog)
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(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:53 am | Updated: 11:30 am, Wed Jun 22, 2011. Rod Thorn has been involved in the NBA too long to take things personally. So when numerous players decline to work out for the Sixers,
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CONCACAF allows Mexico to replace 5 dropped players - USA Today
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Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is one of five players barred from the CONCACAF Gold Cup after testing positive for a banned substance. By Jack Dempsey, AP Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is one of five players barred from the
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Tigers notes from loss to Rockies - Detroit Free Press
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Photos by JACK DEMPSEY/Associated Press Tiger Austin Jackson returns to the dugout after scoring on a bases-loaded walk in the first. WHAT HAPPENED: Right-hander Rick Porcello couldn't find the strike zone ... or his sinker when he did
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Dempsey
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 87
    On May 31, 1983, Jack Dempsey died of heart failure at age 87 in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details With his wife Deanna at his side, his last words were, "Don't worry honey, I'm too mean to die." He is buried in the Southampton Cemetery in Southampton, New York. His widow, Deanna Dempsey died in 2003. Legend:
  • 1977
    Age 81
    In 1977, in collaboration with his daughter Barbara Lynn, Dempsey published his autobiography, titled Dempsey.
    More Details Hide Details In tribute to his legacy and boxing career, a PBS documentary summarized "Dempsey's boxing style consisted of constantly bobbing and weaving. His attacks were furious and sustained. Behind it all was rage. His aggressive behavior prompted a rule that boxers had to retreat to a neutral corner and give opponents who had been knocked down a chance to get up." According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, constant attack was his strategic defense. In 2011, Dempsey was posthumously inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame. Dempsey was a Freemason and member of Kenwood Lodge #800 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1971
    Age 75
    He recounted an incident being assaulted while walking home at night, telling the press in 1971 that the two young muggers attempted to grab his arms, but he broke free and laid them both out cold on the sidewalk.
    More Details Hide Details The story of the encounter appeared in the Hendersonville Times-News, and reported the incident had taken place "a few years earlier".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 58
    Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954., and in 1970, became part of the "charter class" in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.
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  • 1950
    Age 54
    Dempsey authored a book on boxing titled Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense and published in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details The book emphasizes knockout power derived from enabling fast motion from one's heavy bodyweight. Dempsey's book became and remains the recognized treatise in boxing. During World War II while in the Coast Guard, he co-authored How to Fight Tough with professional wrestler Bernard J. Cosneck. The book was used by the Coast Guard to instruct guardsmen on close-quarters hand-to-hand combat, incorporating boxing, wrestling, and jiujitsu. After the world-famous Louis-Schmeling fight, Dempsey stated he was glad he never had to face Joe Louis in the ring; when Louis eventually fell on hard times financially, Dempsey served as honorary chairman of a relief fund to assist him. Dempsey made friends with former opponents Wills and Tunney after retirement, with Dempsey campaigning for Tunney's son, Democrat John V. Tunney, when he ran for the U.S. Senate, from California. One of Dempsey's best friends was Judge John Sirica, who presided over the Watergate trials.
  • FORTIES
  • 1945
    Age 49
    Dempsey was released from active duty in September 1945 and received an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard Reserve in 1952.
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    In 1945, he was on board the attack transport for the invasion of Okinawa.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey also spent time aboard the, where he spent time showing the crew sparring techniques.
  • 1944
    Age 48
    In 1944, Dempsey was assigned to the transport.
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  • 1943
    Age 47
    Dempsey and Williams had two children together and divorced in 1943.
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  • 1942
    Age 46
    Dempsey was promoted to lieutenant commander in December 1942 and commander in March 1944.
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    Dempsey reported for duty in June 1942 at Coast Guard Training Station, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York, where he was assigned as "Director of Physical Education."
    More Details Hide Details As part of the ongoing war effort, Dempsey made personal appearances at fights, camps, hospitals and War Bond drives.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 39
    In 1935, Dempsey opened Jack Dempsey's Restaurant in New York City on Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, across from the third Madison Square Garden.
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  • 1933
    Age 37
    In 1933, Dempsey was approached by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to portray a boxer in the film, The Prizefighter and the Lady, directed by W. S. Van Dyke and co-starring Myrna Loy.
    More Details Hide Details In Ensenada, Mexico, Riviera del Pacifico Cultural and Convention Center built in 1930 Ensenada, Baja California was a gambling casino supposedly financed by Al Capone and managed by Jack Dempsey. Its clientele included Myrna Loy, Lana Turner and Dolores del Rio.
  • 1932
    Age 36
    Dempsey retired from boxing following the Tunney rematch, but continued with numerous exhibition bouts. Following retirement, Dempsey became known as a philanthropist. In June 1932, he sponsored the "Ride of Champions" bucking horse event at Reno, Nevada with the "Dempsey Trophy" going to legendary bronc rider Pete Knight.
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  • 1930
    Age 34
    Dempsey divorced Taylor in 1930, and married Broadway singer and recent divorcee Hannah Williams in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Williams was previously married to bandleader Roger Wolfe Kahn.
  • 1927
    Age 31
    The Dempsey-Tunney rematch took place in Chicago, Illinois, on September 22, 1927 - one day less than a year after losing his title to Tunney.
    More Details Hide Details Generating more interest than the Carpentier and Firpo bouts, the fight brought in a record-setting $2 million gate. Reportedly, gangster Al Capone offered to fix the rematch in his favor, but Dempsey refused. Millions around the country listened to the match by radio while hundreds of reporters covered the event. Tunney was paid a record one million dollars for the rematch. Dempsey was losing the fight on points when in the seventh round he knocked Tunney down with a left hook to the chin then landed several more punches. A new rule instituted at the time of the fight mandated that when a fighter knocked down an opponent, he must immediately go to a neutral corner. Dempsey, however, refused to immediately move to the neutral corner when instructed by the referee. The referee had to escort Dempsey to the neutral corner, which bought Tunney at least an extra five seconds to recover. Even though the official timekeeper clocked 14 seconds Tunney was down, Tunney got up at the referee's count of 9. Dempsey then attempted to finish Tunney off before the end of the round, but failed to do so. Tunney dropped Dempsey for a count of one in round eight and won the final two rounds of the fight, retaining the title of World Heavyweight Champion on a unanimous decision. Ironically, the neutral corner rule was requested during negotiations by members of the Dempsey camp.
    During a July 21, 1927 fight at Yankee Stadium, Dempsey knocked out future Heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey in the seventh round.
    More Details Hide Details The fight was an elimination bout for a title shot against Tunney. Sharkey was beating Dempsey until the end. The fight ended controversially when Sharkey claimed Dempsey had been hitting him below the belt. When Sharkey turned to the referee to complain, he left himself unprotected. Dempsey crashed a left hook onto Sharkey's chin, knocking him out and the referee counting Sharkey out on a ten-count.
  • 1926
    Age 30
    In September 1926, Dempsey fought the Irish American and former U.S. Marine Gene Tunney in Philadelphia, a fighter who had only lost once in his career.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of his record, Tunney was considered the underdog against Dempsey. The match ended in an upset, with Dempsey losing his title on points in 10 rounds. Attendance for this fight was a record 120,557, the largest attendance ever for a sporting event outside motor racing and soccer. When the defeated Dempsey returned to his dressing room, he explained his loss to his wife by saying, "Honey, I forgot to duck." Fifty five years later president Ronald Reagan borrowed this quote when his wife Nancy visited him in the emergency room after the attempt on his life. Following his loss of the heavyweight title, Dempsey contemplated retiring, but decided to try a comeback. It was during this time period that tragedy struck his family when his brother, John Dempsey, shot his wife Edna, then killed himself in a murder-suicide. Dempsey was called upon to identify the bodies and was said to be emotionally affected by the incident.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1924
    Age 28
    In April 1924, Dempsey was appointed to an executive position in the Irish Worker League (IWL).
    More Details Hide Details The IWL was a Soviet-backed Communist group founded in Dublin by Irish labour leader Jim Larkin in Dublin.
  • 1923
    Age 27
    The last successful title defense for Dempsey was in September 1923 at New York City's Polo Grounds in Dempsey vs. Firpo.
    More Details Hide Details Attendance was 85,000, with another 20,000 trying to get inside the arena. Firpo was knocked down repeatedly by Dempsey, yet continued to battle back, even knocking Dempsey down twice. On the second occasion he was floored, Dempsey flew head-first through the ring ropes, landing on a ringside reporter's typewriter. At this point he was out of the ring for approximately 14 seconds, less than the 20 second rule for out-of-ring knockouts. Ultimately, Dempsey beat Argentinian contender Luis Ángel Firpo with a second-round KO. The fight was transmitted live by radio to Buenos Aires. Dempsey's heavyweight title-defending fights, exhibition fights, movies, and endorsements, made Dempsey one of the richest athletes in the world, putting him on the cover of TIME Magazine. Dempsey did not defend his title for three years following the Firpo fight. There was pressure from the public and the media for Dempsey to defend his title against Black contender Harry Wills. Disagreement exists among boxing historians as to whether Dempsey avoided Wills, though Dempsey claimed he was willing to fight him. When he originally won the title, however, he had said he would no longer fight Black boxers.
    Dempsey did not defend his title again until July 1923 against Tommy Gibbons in Shelby, Montana.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey won the match as result of a 15-round decision.
  • 1921
    Age 25
    The Dempsey–Carpentier contest took place on July 2, 1921, at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details It generated the first million-dollar gate in boxing history; a crowd of 91,000 watched the fight. Though it was deemed "the Fight of the Century", experts anticipated a one-sided win for Dempsey. Radio pioneer RCA arranged for live coverage of the match via KDKA, making the event the first national radio broadcast. Carpentier wobbled Dempsey with a hard right in the second round. A reporter at ringside, however, counted 25 punches from Dempsey in a single 31-second exchange soon after he was supposedly injured by the right. Carpentier also broke his thumb in that round, which crippled his chances. Dempsey ended up winning the match in the fourth round.
  • 1920
    Age 24
    Dempsey's second title defense was in December 1920 against Bill Brennan at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
    More Details Hide Details After 10 rounds, Brennan was ahead on points, and Dempsey's left ear was bleeding profusely. Dempsey rebounded to stop Brennan in the 12th round. Dempsey's next defending fight was against French World War I hero Georges Carpentier, a fighter popular on both sides of the Atlantic. The bout was promoted by Tex Rickard and George Bernard Shaw, who claimed that Carpentier was "the greatest boxer in the world".
    Following his victory, Jack Dempsey traveled around the country, making publicity appearances with circuses, staging exhibitions, and a low-budget Hollywood movie. Dempsey did not defend his title until September 1920, with a fight against Billy Miske in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
    More Details Hide Details Miske was knocked out in three rounds.
  • 1919
    Age 23
    On July 4, 1919, Dempsey and World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard met at Toledo for the world title.
    More Details Hide Details Pro lightweight fighter Benny Leonard predicted a victory for the 6'1", 187 pound Dempsey even though Willard, known as the "Pottawatamie Giant", was 6'6½" tall and 245 pounds. Ultimately, Willard was knocked down seven times by Dempsey in the first round. Accounts of the fight reported that Willard suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, several broken teeth, and a number of deep fractures to his facial bones. This aroused suspicion that Dempsey had cheated, with some questioning how the force capable of causing such damage had been transmitted through Dempsey's knuckles without fracturing them. Other reports, however, failed to mention Willard suffered any real injuries. The New York Times account of the fight described severe swelling visible on one side of Willard's face, but did not mention any broken bones. A still photograph of Willard following the fight appears to show discoloration and swelling on his face.
    In 1919, he won five consecutive regular bouts by knockout in the first round as well as a one-round special bout.
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    Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926, and his aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history.
    More Details Hide Details Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. Listed at #10 on The Ring's list of all-time heavyweights and #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, in 1950 the Associated Press voted Dempsey as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years. Dempsey is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and was inducted into The Ring magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame in 1951. Born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado, he grew up in a poor family in Colorado, West Virginia, and Utah. The son of Mary Celia (née Smoot) and Hiram Dempsey, his family's lineage consisted of Irish, Cherokee, and Jewish ancestry.
  • 1918
    Age 22
    One year later, in 1918, Dempsey fought in 17 matches, going 15–1 with one no decision.
    More Details Hide Details One of those fights was with Flynn, who was knocked out by Dempsey, coincidentally, in the first round. Among other matches won that year were against Light Heavyweight Champion Battling Levinsky, Bill Brennan, Fred Fulton, Carl E. Morris, Billy Miske, heavyweight Lefty Jim McGettigan, and Homer Smith.
  • 1917
    Age 21
    After the United States entered World War I in 1917, Dempsey worked in a shipyard and continued to box.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, he was accused by some boxing fans of being a slacker for not enlisting. This remained a black mark on his reputation until 1920, when evidence produced showed he had attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army, but had been classified 4-F. After the war, Dempsey spent two years in Salt Lake City, "bumming around" as he called it, before returning to the ring. Among his opponents for World Heavyweight Champion were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford. Dempsey beat Smith for the third time on a second-round knockout. Before he employed the long-experienced Jack Kearns as his manager, Dempsey was first managed by John J. Reisler.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1914
    Age 18
    He first competed as "Jack Dempsey" in 1914 as a tribute to middleweight boxer Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey.
    More Details Hide Details Following the name change, Dempsey won six bouts in a row by knockout before losing on a disqualification in four rounds to Jack Downey. During this early part of his career, Dempsey campaigned in Utah, frequently entering fights in towns in the Wasatch Mountain Range region. He followed his loss against Downey with a knockout win and two draws versus Johnny Sudenberg in Nevada. Three more wins and a draw followed when he met Downey again, this time resulting in a four-round draw. Following these wins, Dempsey racked up ten more wins that included matches against Sudenberg and Downey, knocking out Downey in two rounds. These wins were followed with three no-decision matches, though at this point in the history of boxing, the use of judges to score a fight was often forbidden, so if a fight went the distance, it was called a draw or a no decision, depending on the state or county where the fight was held.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Age 7
    Following his parents' conversion to Mormonism, Dempsey was baptized into the LDS Church in 1903 following his 8th birthday, the "age of accountability", according to Mormon doctrine.
    More Details Hide Details Because his father had difficulty finding work, the family traveled often and Dempsey dropped out of elementary school to work and left home at the age of 16. Due to his lack of money, he frequently traveled underneath trains and slept in hobo camps. Desperate for money, Dempsey would occasionally visit saloons and challenge for fights, saying "I can't sing and I can't dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house." If anyone accepted the challenge, bets would be made. According to Dempsey's autobiography, he rarely lost these barroom brawls. For a short time, Dempsey was a part-time bodyguard for Thomas F. Kearns, president of The Salt Lake Tribune and son of Utah's U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. The two men remained friends for years afterward. Because he occasionally fought under the pseudonym "Kid Blackie" until 1916, Dempsey's complete boxing record is not known.
  • 1895
    Born
    Born on June 24, 1895.
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