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Juan Rivera Valen (1889 - 1984)

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Juan Rivera Valen
1889 - 1984
Born
May 16, 1889
Death
December 1984
Last Known Residence
San Juan, San Juan County, Puerto Rico 00923
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Juan Rivera Valen of San Juan, San Juan County, Puerto Rico was born on May 16, 1889, and died at age 95 years old in December 1984.
Updated: November 13, 2011
Biography ID: 91532731

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Juan Rivera Valen passed away at age 95 years old in December 1984. Juan Rivera Valen of San Juan, San Juan County, Puerto Rico was born on May 16, 1889.

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Juan Rivera Valen lived 23 years longer than the average Valen family member when he died at the age of 95.
The average age of a Valen family member is 72.
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1889 - 1984 World Events

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In 1889, in the year that Juan Rivera Valen was born, on February 22nd, President Cleveland signed a bill allowing North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington to become states. North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states on November 2nd, Montana became the 41st state on November 8th, and Washington became the 42nd state on November 11th.

In 1916, he was 27 years old when in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1931, he was 42 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1950, when he was 61 years old, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1984, in the year of Juan Rivera Valen's passing, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

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