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Joseph Valcourt (1904 - 1959)

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Joseph Valcourt
1904 - 1959
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May 2, 1904
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September 1959
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Joseph Valcourt was born on May 2, 1904. He died in September 1959 at age 55.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Joseph Valcourt passed away in September 1959 at 55 years old. He was born on May 2, 1904. We are unaware of information about Joseph's immediate family.
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1904 - 1959 World Events

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In 1904, in the year that Joseph Valcourt was born, the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1919, Joseph was only 15 years old when in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1922, by the time he was 18 years old, on November 4th, British Egyptologists George Carnarvon and Howard Carter unearthed the first step leading to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. By the end of the month they had unearthed the steps and broken through the door into the intact tomb. This was the only tomb that had remained unlooted that had been found (and is, to date). Filled with gold, jewels, and ancient everyday items, the find was priceless - in terms of money and history.

In 1945, at the age of 41 years old, Joseph was alive when in October, automobile production in the United States for private consumers was allowed to resume. It took a while for car makers to get those new cars to buyers - they had to once again change their manufacturing plants, this time from war production to peacetime.

In 1959, in the year of Joseph Valcourt's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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