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James Whitaker (1915 - 1979)

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James Whitaker
1915 - 1979
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August 11, 1915
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July 1979
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Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44128
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James Whitaker was born on August 11, 1915. He died in July 1979 at 63 years old. We know that James Whitaker had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44128.
Updated: November 13, 2011
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James Whitaker died in July 1979 at 63 years old. He was born on August 11, 1915. We are unaware of information about James' immediate family. We know that James Whitaker had been residing in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 44128.
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1915 - 1979 World Events

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In 1915, in the year that James Whitaker was born, Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

In 1924, James was only 9 years old when on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1957, James was 42 years old when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1961, at the age of 46 years old, James was alive when on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

In 1979, in the year of James Whitaker's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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