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Alva Dinwiddie (1905 - 1981)

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Alva Dinwiddie
1905 - 1981
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September 16, 1905
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July 1981
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Palo Verde, Imperial County, California 92266
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Alva Dinwiddie was born on September 16, 1905. He died in July 1981 at 75 years old. We know that Alva Dinwiddie had been residing in Palo Verde, Imperial County, California 92266.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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Alva Dinwiddie died in July 1981 at age 75. He was born on September 16, 1905. There is no information about Alva's immediate family. We know that Alva Dinwiddie had been residing in Palo Verde, Imperial County, California 92266.
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In 1905, in the year that Alva Dinwiddie was born, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1918, he was just 13 years old when following European countries, Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States in March. It was an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power. This was a war effort and proved unpopular so in most areas of the United States, Daylight Saving Time ended after World War I. It returned during World War II.

In 1949, he was 44 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1968, he was 63 years old when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1981, in the year of Alva Dinwiddie's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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