Englewood Makes History

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    Walter Taylor was a Reverand at Galilee United Methodist Church and the first ever black elected mayor in Englewood. Taylor went to Clark College and Gammon Theological Seminary. He came north to serve the Trinity Methodist Church in the Bronx from 1945 to 1952. Taylor took leadership at Galilee in 1952. Taylor was the mayor of Englewood from 1972 to 1975. He was also president of the Bergen County branch of the NAACP.

    He married Odella Wynkle. He had three children, Walter Taylor Jr., Mary Overton, and Susie England.
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    Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was a Libyian politician. He was the leader of Libya until 2011 when he was assassinated.

    He came to power in 1969. The revolutionary group he founded overthrew the Western-back Senussi monarchy. His first position was Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republican from 1969 to 1977. Then he served as the Brotherly Leader of the Great Socialist.

    He believed in Arab nationalism and socialism. He was anti-western capitalism and imperialism. While he claimed to believe that the country should be ruled by the masses, the model of government he created was highly hierarchical which placed his family at the top with unchecked power. He also created numerous social programs and nationalized the oil industry. However, throughout his rule, he was accused of many human rights violations and suppressing dissent. Libya was hostile to the United States and the United Kingdom. He claimed responsibility for bombing Pan AM Flight 103 and UTA Flight 772, resulting in the US and the UK bombing in retaliation in 1986 and economic sanctions from the United Nations.

    During the Arab Springs in 2011, a civil war broke out with NATO supporting the National Transitional Council which opposed Gaddafi. The protests began in February and Gaddafi sent the army to Benghazi, opening fire on protesters. Both sides in the coming war committed human rights violations, and in June the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law Abdullah Sensussi.

    Trying to flee NATO bombings, Gaddafi went towards the Jarref Valley to die closer to where he was born. He was eventually captured by the Misrata militia and brutally killed, which was videotaped.  

    He married Fathia Nuri, but was divorced in 1970, a year after they were married. He then married Safia Farkash. He had ten children, eight sons and two daughters
  • Melvin Leslie Denning was the mayor of Englewood from 1948 to 1953. He was the first to use the direct distance dialing system to make a long-distance call.

    He was born in 1895 and died in 1986.
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