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Gerald M Rodenberg (1914 - 1992)

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Gerald M Rodenberg
1914 - 1992
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November 21, 1914
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November 13, 1992
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Tonawanda, Erie County, New York 14150
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Gerald M Rodenberg was born on November 21, 1914. He died on November 13, 1992 at age 77. We know that Gerald M Rodenberg had been residing in Tonawanda, Erie County, New York 14150.
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Gerald M Rodenberg passed away on November 13, 1992 at age 77. He was born on November 21, 1914. We have no information about Gerald's immediate family. We know that Gerald M Rodenberg had been residing in Tonawanda, Erie County, New York 14150.
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In 1914, in the year that Gerald M Rodenberg was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1921, he was only 7 years old when the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1933, at the age of 19 years old, Gerald was alive when on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1957, Gerald was 43 years old when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1992, in the year of Gerald M Rodenberg's passing, on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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