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Joseph R Shelvin (1921 - 2007)

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Joseph R Shelvin
1921 - 2007
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November 13, 1921
Death
November 25, 2007
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Houston, Harris County, Texas 77081
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Joseph R Shelvin was born on November 13, 1921. He died on November 25, 2007 at 86 years old. We know that Joseph R Shelvin had been residing in Houston, Harris County, Texas 77081.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Joseph R Shelvin passed away on November 25, 2007 at 86 years of age. He was buried in Houston National Cemetery Section S1 Site 85, Houston, Texas . He was born on November 13, 1921. We have no information about Joseph's family or relationships.
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In 1921, in the year that Joseph R Shelvin was born, hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1938, when he was 17 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1959, at the age of 38 years old, Joseph was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1967, he was 46 years old when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1999, by the time he was 78 years old, the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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