Joseph W Ponze (1910 - 1990)

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Joseph W Ponze
1910 - 1990
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October 10, 1910
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June 27, 1990
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504
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Joseph W Ponze was born on October 10, 1910. He died on June 27, 1990 at 79 years old. We know that Joseph W Ponze had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504.
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Joseph W Ponze died on June 27, 1990 at 79 years of age. He was born on October 10, 1910. We are unaware of information about Joseph's family or relationships. We know that Joseph W Ponze had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504.

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In 1910, in the year that Joseph W Ponze was born, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1963, by the time he was 53 years old, the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1970, he was 60 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1983, Joseph was 73 years old when "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

In 1990, in the year of Joseph W Ponze's passing, on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

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