Joel Whitten (1884 - 1967)

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Joel Whitten
1884 - 1967
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February 18, 1884
Death
December 1967
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Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi 38801
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Joel Whitten was born on February 18, 1884. He died in December 1967 at 83 years old. We know that Joel Whitten had been residing in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi 38801.
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Joel Whitten died in December 1967 at 83 years old. He was born on February 18, 1884. We have no information about Joel's family or relationships. We know that Joel Whitten had been residing in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi 38801.

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In 1884, in the year that Joel Whitten was born, on December 6th, the Washington Monument was completed. Building began in 1848 but was stopped because of lack of funds and also due to the Civil War. It would be dedicated in 1885. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest structure in the world.

In 1899, he was merely 15 years old when the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1915, by the time he was 31 years old, 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 1953, Joel was 69 years old when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1967, in the year of Joel Whitten's passing, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

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