Ira Church (1926 - 1981)

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Ira Church
1926 - 1981
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May 4, 1926
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March 1981
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Florence, Florence County, South Carolina 29501
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Ira Church was born on May 4, 1926. He died in March 1981 at 54 years of age. We know that Ira Church had been residing in Florence, Florence County, South Carolina 29501.
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Ira Church passed away in March 1981 at 54 years old. He was born on May 4, 1926. We are unaware of information about Ira's surviving family. We know that Ira Church had been residing in Florence, Florence County, South Carolina 29501.

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In 1926, in the year that Ira Church was born, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1941, by the time he was merely 15 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1951, by the time he was 25 years old, on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1973, he was 47 years old when on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

In 1981, in the year of Ira Church's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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