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James Pitts (1927 - 1986)

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James Pitts
1927 - 1986
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July 22, 1927
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July 1986
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Jamestown, Mercer County, Pennsylvania 16134
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James Pitts was born on July 22, 1927. He died in July 1986 at 58 years old. We know that James Pitts had been residing in Jamestown, Mercer County, Pennsylvania 16134.
Updated: November 13, 2011
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James Pitts passed away in July 1986 at 58 years old. He was born on July 22, 1927. There is no information about James' immediate family. We know that James Pitts had been residing in Jamestown, Mercer County, Pennsylvania 16134.
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In 1927, in the year that James Pitts was born, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1947, at the age of 20 years old, James was alive when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1955, he was 28 years old when in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1973, he was 46 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 1986, in the year of James Pitts's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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