John C Ditrich (1910 - 1997)

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John C Ditrich
1910 - 1997
March 8, 1910
January 26, 1997
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510
John C Ditrich was born on March 8, 1910. He died on January 26, 1997 at 86 years of age. We know that John C Ditrich had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.
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John C Ditrich died on January 26, 1997 at 86 years old. He was born on March 8, 1910. There is no information about John's immediate family. We know that John C Ditrich had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16510.

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In 1910, in the year that John C Ditrich was born, Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1928, when he was 18 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1976, when he was 66 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1987, at the age of 77 years old, John was alive when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1997, in the year of John C Ditrich's passing, on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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