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Joseph Reitz (1894 - 1978)

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Joseph Reitz
1894 - 1978
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November 19, 1894
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January 1978
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Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108
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Joseph Reitz was born on November 19, 1894. He died in January 1978 at age 83. We know that Joseph Reitz had been residing in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Joseph Reitz passed away in January 1978 at 83 years of age. He was born on November 19, 1894. We are unaware of information about Joseph's family or relationships. We know that Joseph Reitz had been residing in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01108.
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1894 - 1978 World Events

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In 1894, in the year that Joseph Reitz was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1938, by the time he was 44 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 1941, by the time he was 47 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1960, at the age of 66 years old, Joseph was alive when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1978, in the year of Joseph Reitz's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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