Percy Jenkins (1938 - 2002)

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Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi

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1938 - In the year that Percy Jenkins was born, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

1940 - At the age of merely 2 years old, Percy was alive when on July 27th, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny debuted in his first film A Wild Hare - voiced by Mel Blanc. He has since appeared in more short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials than any other cartoon character. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "What's up, Doc?"

1945 - At the age of only 7 years old, Percy was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1949 - By the time he was just 11 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

1974 - At the age of 36 years old, Percy was alive when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

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Percy Jenkins passed away on September 15, 2002 at 63 years old. No cause of death has been listed. He was born on September 18, 1938. We have no information about Percy's family. We know that Percy Jenkins had been residing in Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi.

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