Ernest De Lia (1917 - 1959)

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Ernest De Lia
1917 - 1959
updated February 06, 2019
Ernest De Lia was born on December 20, 1917. He died on October 27, 1959 at 41 years old.


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Long Island National Cemetery Section T Site 2129, 2040 Wellwood Avenue, in Farmingdale, New York 11735



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Branch of service: Us Army Air Forces
Rank attained: 1ST LT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Ernest De Lia died on October 27, 1959 at age 41. He was buried in Long Island National Cemetery Section T Site 2129, Farmingdale, New York. He was born on December 20, 1917. We are unaware of information about Ernest's family or relationships.
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In 1917, in the year that Ernest De Lia was born, in April, the U.S. entered World War I, declaring war against Germany. President Wilson had previously declared neutrality in the war - a position supported by the majority of Americans - but after Germany declared that they would sink all ships trading with Great Britain and sunk U.S. ships, public opinion began to change. Then the Lusitania was sunk, killing 1,201 - including 128 Americans - and more U.S. ships were sunk. The U.S. could stand aside no longer.

In 1925, at the age of only 8 years old, Ernest was alive when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1931, when he was just 14 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1949, by the time he was 32 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1959, in the year of Ernest De Lia's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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