Donald W Ward (1938 - 2001)

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Kennewick, Benton County, Washington

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Roma J Ward

Roma J Ward

Nancy Lena (Walker) Dyer Family

Nancy Lena (Walker) Dyer Family

Jeanine P Ward

Jeanine P Ward

Medley & Mildred Ward Family 1959

Medley & Mildred Ward Family 1959

Medley & Margaret Ward

Medley & Margaret Ward

Linda R Ward Bopp

Linda R Ward Bopp

Churchill Family

Churchill Family

Thelma Strickland & Bonnie Ward

Thelma Strickland & Bonnie Ward

Bertha Luella & F.L. Ward

Bertha Luella & F.L. Ward

Bertha Luella Strickland

Bertha Luella Strickland

Louise Waters

Louise Waters

auntie and Chris

auntie and Chris

Sammie Ward Jr

Sammie Ward Jr

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Edward Van Buren Ward Roma J Ward Nancy Lena (Walker) Dyer Family Jeanine P Ward

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1938 - In the year that Donald W Ward was born, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

1942 - By the time he was only 4 years old, on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

1954 - By the time he was 16 years old, on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

1986 - He was 48 years old when on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

1994 - He was 56 years old when on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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Donald W Ward died on May 3, 2001 at 63 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Donald. He was born on January 23, 1938. We have no information about Donald's surviving family. We know that Donald W Ward had been residing in Kennewick, Benton County, Washington.

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