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Bradley, Thomas J.

Born: 1917 AD
Died: 1998 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Mayors, Political Leader, Politician, Representative


1917 - Thomas J. Bradley, born on the 29th of December in Calvert, Texas, as the son of a sharecropper, and the grandson of former slaves. He was the mayor of Los Angeles, California.

1940 - Became a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and became a Lieutenant, the highest rank held by an African American police officer in the city of Los Angeles at that time.

1963 - 1972 - He would later serve on the Los Angeles City Council.

1963 - He, along with Billy G. Mills, would become the first African Americans elected to the City Council in modern times.

1969 - First challenged incumbent Mayor Sam Yorty for the City's top job.

1984 - Tenure as mayor, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games and passed Chicago to become the second most populous city in the country.

1986 - Lost the governorship to Deukmejian by a margin of 61% to 37%.

1992 - Los Angeles riots and the formation of the Christopher Commission also occurred on his watch.

1998 - Died of a heart attack at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 80 on the 29th of September.


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