Ralph Eugene McCulley (1905 - 1972)

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Ralph Eugene Mcculley
1905 - 1972
March 30, 1905
May 1972
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Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington 98323
Ralph Eugene McCulley was born on March 30, 1905. He died in May 1972 at 67 years old. We know that Ralph Eugene McCulley had been residing in Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington 98323.
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Ralph Eugene McCulley passed away in May 1972 at 67 years old. He was born on March 30, 1905. There is no information about Ralph's family. We know that Ralph Eugene McCulley had been residing in Carbonado, Pierce County, Washington 98323.

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In 1905, in the year that Ralph Eugene McCulley was born, the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1942, Ralph was 37 years old when on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

In 1952, Ralph was 47 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1962, at the age of 57 years old, Ralph was alive when on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1972, in the year of Ralph Eugene McCulley's passing, on November 7th, Richard Nixon won re-election, amidst the dawning knowledge of the Watergate scandal, by 60.7% to anti-war candidate George McGovern's 37.5%.

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