Fred Tonty (1916 - 1978)

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Fred Tonty
1916 - 1978
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February 28, 1916
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July 1978
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510
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Fred Tonty was born on February 28, 1916. He died in July 1978 at age 62. We know that Fred Tonty had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.
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Fred Tonty passed away in July 1978 at 62 years of age. He was born on February 28, 1916. There is no information about Fred's immediate family. We know that Fred Tonty had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.

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In 1916, in the year that Fred Tonty was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1928, at the age of just 12 years old, Fred was alive when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1931, at the age of merely 15 years old, Fred was alive when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1949, at the age of 33 years old, Fred was alive when 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 1978, in the year of Fred Tonty's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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