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Freeman Reitz (1904 - 1971)

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Freeman Reitz
1904 - 1971
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April 18, 1904
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August 1971
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Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts 01608
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Freeman Reitz was born on April 18, 1904. He died in August 1971 at 67 years of age. We know that Freeman Reitz had been residing in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts 01608.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Freeman Reitz died in August 1971 at 67 years old. He was born on April 18, 1904. There is no information about Freeman's immediate family. We know that Freeman Reitz had been residing in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts 01608.
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1904 - 1971 World Events

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In 1904, in the year that Freeman Reitz was born, the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1913, when he was only 9 years old, the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1927, he was 23 years old when aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1949, he was 45 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1971, in the year of Freeman Reitz's passing, in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

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