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Ralph Maher (1890 - 1970)

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Ralph Maher
1890 - 1970
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July 8, 1890
Death
May 1970
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Reno, Washoe County, Nevada 89502
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Ralph Maher was born on July 8, 1890. He died in May 1970 at age 79. We know that Ralph Maher had been residing in Reno, Washoe County, Nevada 89502.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Ralph Maher passed away in May 1970 at age 79. He was born on July 8, 1890. There is no information about Ralph's immediate family. We know that Ralph Maher had been residing in Reno, Washoe County, Nevada 89502.
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In 1890, in the year that Ralph Maher was born, on October 9th, in Satory, France, the first fixed-wing, steam powered aircraft flew. "Ader √Čole" flew, uncontrolled, for about 160 ft. at a height of just under 8 inches off the ground.

In 1904, by the time he was merely 14 years old, the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1945, at the age of 55 years old, Ralph was alive when on February 19th, US Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Iwo Jima began. Lasting 5 weeks, it was some of the bloodiest and fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II. The occupying Japanese forces were heavily armed and there were 21,000 Japanese soldiers on the island at the beginning of the battle. Only 216 Japanese soldiers were captured afterwards - the rest had been killed in action or committed suicide. 6,800 American soldiers died but the Americans took control of the island.

In 1969, he was 79 years old when one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1970, in the year of Ralph Maher's passing, on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

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