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Jewish World Review July 29, 2003 / 29 Tamuz, 5763

Phil Perrier

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The life and times of Bob Hope | 1903: The first airplane takes flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first silent film is seen, "The Great Train Robbery." The first World Series takes place. Bob Hope is born in England.

1905: "Bloody Sunday" starts the Russian Revolution. Albert Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity. The Hope family immigrates to America.

1910: Halley's Comet appears. Author Mark Twain dies. Bob Hope celebrates his 7th birthday.

1912: The Titanic sinks. Bob Hope begins delivering newspapers in Cleveland.

1914: Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated, starting World War I. Bob Hope takes dance lessons.

1920: The first radio broadcast is heard. Pancho Villa surrenders. Bob Hope and his girlfriend form a dance team.

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1927: Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic Ocean solo in his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis. Bob Hope headlines the Vaudville circuit.

1930: Sliced bread is introduced. Bob Hope debuts at the legendary Palace Theater on Broadway in New York.

1934: Bonnie and Clyde are gunned down by G-Men. Bob Hope marries Delores.

1938: Hitler annexes Austria. Bob Hope moves to Hollywood and begins his own radio show, The Pepsodent Show.

1939: World War II begins. Bob Hope stars in the film "The Cat and the Canary," with Paulette Goddard.

1940: Leon Trotsky is assassinated. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby team for the first of seven "road" pictures, The Road to Singapore.

1941: The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Bob Hope begins performing for U.S. troops.

1944: Allied troops in the D Day Invasion storm the beaches of Normandy. Bob Hope stars in the film The Prince and the Pirate.

1950: The first organ transplant is performed. The first credit card debuts. Bob Hope stars in his own TV variety show, thus beginning a 60 year relationship with NBC.

1966: In China Moa Zedong unveils his Cultural Revolution. The series Star Trek debuts. Bob Hope is seen by 65 million tv viewers in his Christmas Special from Vietnam.

1990: Nelson Mandela is freed. Bob Hope performsfor U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf, before the war with Iraq.

2003: (July 27) Two U.S. soldiers are killed in Iraq. Bob Hope dies at 100.

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JWR contributor Phil Perrier is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand-up comic. Comment by clicking here.


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