Henry Pratcher (1934 - 2011)

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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

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1934 - In the year that Henry Pratcher was born, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

1942 - He was only 8 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

1949 - At the age of merely 15 years old, Henry was alive 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."

1958 - At the age of 24 years old, Henry was alive when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1987 - Henry was 53 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Henry Pratcher died on January 11, 2011 at 76 years old. No cause of death has been listed. He was born on November 26, 1934. There is no information about Henry's family or relationships. We know that Henry Pratcher had been residing in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.

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