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Blackmun, Harry Andrew (Old No. 3, Old Number Three)

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Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist

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1908 - Born on November 12th in Nashville, Illinois. American Supreme Court justice, became one of the tribunal's most controversial justices during his tenure and was best identified as the author of the Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

1932 - Blackmun, who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduated from Harvard Law School.

1935 - He was a professor at St. Paul College of Law.

1945 - He was a professor at University of Minnesota Law School.

1950 - Was a resident counsel at Mayo Clinic.

1959 - Became a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

1970 - He was an Associate justice of the US Supreme Court.

         - An enigmatic figure who could be both reserved and puckish, and who loaded his writing with emotion, Blackmun sat on the high court and penned hundreds of opinions.

1973 - Blackmun was identified with the decision that found an implicit right of privacy in the Constitution broad enough to encompass a woman's choice to end a pregnancy.

         - Wrote the U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion in Roe v. Wade (famous abortion case).

1989-1990 - He held that the First Amendment to the American Constitution protected those who burnt the American flag during political protests.

1994 - He announced his retirement in April.

         - On February 22nd, he fell at his home and the next day underwent hip replacement surgery. He never fully recovered.

1999 - Died of complications following hip replacement surgery on March 4th in Arlingon, Virginia.

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