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Edith Reitz (1895 - 1987)

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Edith Reitz
1895 - 1987
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June 10, 1895
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November 22, 1987
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Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108
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Edith Reitz was born on June 10, 1895. She died on November 22, 1987 at age 92. We know that Edith Reitz had been residing in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Edith Reitz passed away on November 22, 1987 at 92 years of age. She was born on June 10, 1895. We have no information about Edith's immediate family. We know that Edith Reitz had been residing in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108.
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In 1895, in the year that Edith Reitz was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1905, at the age of only 10 years old, Edith was alive when the German born physicist, Albert Einstein, proposed the Special Theory of Relativity: 1) that observers can never detect uniform motion except relative to other objects and that 2) unlike the velocity of massive objects, the speed of light is a constant and is the same for all observers independent of their constant velocity toward or away from the light source. Not such simple concepts that lead to the equation everyone now knows: E = mc2.

In 1923, she was 28 years old when the A.C. Nielsen Company was founded in Chicago. It provided an audience measurement system that could provide radio station owners with information on their listeners and the popularity of their shows. Later, the Nielsen company became the basis for the fate of television programs.

In 1942, Edith was 47 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1987, in the year of Edith Reitz's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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