Henry Defell (1891 - 1970)

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Henry Defell
1891 - 1970
updated February 06, 2019
Henry Defell was born on August 8, 1891. He died in September 1970 at 79 years old. We know that Henry Defell had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.


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Henry Defell passed away in September 1970 at 79 years old. He was born on August 8, 1891. We have no information about Henry's immediate family. We know that Henry Defell had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois.
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In 1891, in the year that Henry Defell was born, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

In 1921, when he was 30 years old, 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 1952, Henry was 61 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1960, he was 69 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1970, in the year of Henry Defell's passing, on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

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Maggie Defell
Sep 9, 1893 - April 1972
Peoria, Illinois
Telie Defell
Sep 1, 1924 - Jun 12, 1991
Chicago, IL
Annette Defell
Jul 8, 1904 - January 1975
Chicago, Illinois
Tellie T. Defell Iii
Born: around 1977
Lisa M. (Delgadillo) Defell
Born: around 1978
Telie Jr Defell
Born: around 1924
Mississippi, United States

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