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Henry Prelwitz (1903 - 1980)

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Henry Prelwitz
1903 - 1980
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January 31, 1903
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December 1980
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Tekoa, Whitman County, Washington 99033
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Henry Prelwitz was born on January 31, 1903. He died in December 1980 at 77 years of age. We know that Henry Prelwitz had been residing in Tekoa, Whitman County, Washington 99033.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Henry Prelwitz passed away in December 1980 at 77 years old. He was born on January 31, 1903. We have no information about Henry's surviving family. We know that Henry Prelwitz had been residing in Tekoa, Whitman County, Washington 99033.
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In 1903, in the year that Henry Prelwitz was born, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

In 1938, he was 35 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1945, at the age of 42 years old, Henry was alive when on April 12th, Harry S. Truman sworn in as President of the United States at 7p in Washington, D.C. His first term lasted 3 years and 283 days - then he ran for re-election.

In 1960, Henry was 57 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1980, in the year of Henry Prelwitz's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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