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Doris May Walker (1902 - 1964)

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Doris May Walker
1902 - 1964
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1902
Fitzroy North, Australia
Death
1964
Ballarat, Australia
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Fitzroy North, Australia
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Doris May Walker was born in 1902 in Fitzroy North, Australia. She is the child of George Hartley Walker and Annie May (Skiller) Walker. She died in 1964 in Ballarat, Australia at 62 years old.
Updated: August 7, 2019
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Doris May Walker died in 1964 in Ballarat, Australia at age 62. She was born in 1902 in Fitzroy North, Australia. She is the child of George Hartley Walker and Annie May (Skiller) Walker.
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In 1902, in the year that Doris May Walker was born, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1925, Doris was 23 years old when on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1938, she was 36 years old when 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.

In 1943, Doris was 41 years old when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1964, in the year of Doris May Walker's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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