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Otis Schepper (1895 - 1981)

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Otis Schepper
1895 - 1981
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February 11, 1895
Death
January 1981
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Brazil, Clay County, Indiana 47834
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Otis Schepper was born on February 11, 1895. He died in January 1981 at 85 years old. We know that Otis Schepper had been residing in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana 47834.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Otis Schepper passed away in January 1981 at 85 years old. He was born on February 11, 1895. We are unaware of information about Otis' immediate family. We know that Otis Schepper had been residing in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana 47834.
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In 1895, in the year that Otis Schepper was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1947, Otis was 52 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1951, Otis was 56 years old when on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1977, at the age of 82 years old, Otis was alive when on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1981, in the year of Otis Schepper's passing, on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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