Joseph A Gercken (1925 - 2001)

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Joseph A Gercken
1925 - 2001
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December 14, 1925
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June 8, 2001
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Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 32257
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Joseph A Gercken was born on December 14, 1925. He died on June 8, 2001 at age 75. We know that Joseph A Gercken had been residing in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 32257.
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Joseph A Gercken died on June 8, 2001 at 75 years old. He was born on December 14, 1925. There is no information about Joseph's immediate family. We know that Joseph A Gercken had been residing in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 32257.

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In 1925, in the year that Joseph A Gercken was born, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1935, at the age of merely 10 years old, Joseph was alive when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1952, Joseph was 27 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1960, he was 35 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1982, he was 57 years old when on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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