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Joseph Valcourt (1898 - 1974)

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Joseph Valcourt
1898 - 1974
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March 16, 1898
Death
December 1974
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Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11220
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Joseph Valcourt was born on March 16, 1898. He died in December 1974 at 76 years of age. We know that Joseph Valcourt had been residing in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11220.
Updated: October 5, 2011
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Joseph Valcourt died in December 1974 at age 76. He was born on March 16, 1898. We have no information about Joseph's surviving family. We know that Joseph Valcourt had been residing in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11220.
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In 1898, in the year that Joseph Valcourt was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1910, by the time he was only 12 years old, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1949, Joseph was 51 years old when on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1958, by the time he was 60 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1974, in the year of Joseph Valcourt's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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