Ralph Defelice (1904 - 2002)

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Ralph Defelice
1904 - 2002
updated February 06, 2019
Ralph Defelice was born on September 29, 1904. He died on January 29, 2002 at age 97. We know that Ralph Defelice had been residing in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey.


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Ralph Defelice died on January 29, 2002 at 97 years of age. He was born on September 29, 1904. We are unaware of information about Ralph's immediate family. We know that Ralph Defelice had been residing in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
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In 1904, in the year that Ralph Defelice was born, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1938, he was 34 years old when 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.

In 1946, at the age of 42 years old, Ralph was alive when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1950, he was 46 years old when on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1989, Ralph was 85 years old when on March 24th, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and oil began spilling out of the hold. The oil would eventually contaminate more than a thousand miles of coastline. It is estimated that over 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Sound - killing 100,000 to 250,000 seabirds, over 2,800 sea otters, about 12 river otters, 300 harbor seals, 247 bald eagles, and 22 orcas - as well as an unknown number of salmon and herring.

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Jun 21, 1920 - April 1970
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Sep 8, 1916 - September 1985
New Britain, CT
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Feb 19, 1921 - Jul 5, 2000
Ansonia, CT
Mary Defelice
Feb 12, 1912 - Jan 26, 2007
Branford, CT
Gertrude C Defelice
Nov 12, 1925 - Aug 19, 1993
New Haven, CT
Frank J Defelice
May 11, 1927 - Nov 30, 2004
East Haven, CT
Angelina Defelice
Jan 17, 1894 - September 1973
Stamford, CT
Daniel D Defelice
Feb 14, 1929 - Apr 17, 1993
Stamford, CT
Fred A Defelice
Nov 13, 1933 - Sep 23, 1996
Anna Defelice
Aug 31, 1911 - November 1975
New Haven, CT
Rinaldo Defelice
Jan 2, 1903 - January 1980
New Haven, CT
Manuel Defelice
Nov 27, 1903 - January 1973
New Haven, CT
John Defelice
Apr 7, 1894 - July 1965
Elizabeth Defelice
Jan 20, 1908 - August 1982
East Haven, CT
Christian Defelice
Oct 18, 1911 - Dec 16, 1994
East Haven, CT
Louis Defelice
Jan 4, 1911 - October 1978
Derby, CT
Irene C Defelice
Jul 7, 1910 - Feb 15, 1994
Milford, CT
Jennie Defelice
Sep 3, 1896 - January 1968
Bridgeport, CT
Dominic J Defelice
May 9, 1916 - Jun 23, 1998
Trumbull, CT
Jane B Defelice
Nov 24, 1916 - Nov 5, 2005
East Haven, CT

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