Ralph W Kelly (1911 - 1988)

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Ralph W Kelly
1911 - 1988
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October 22, 1911
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June 7, 1988
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Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina 27104
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Ralph W Kelly was born on October 22, 1911. He died on June 7, 1988 at 76 years of age. We know that Ralph W Kelly had been residing in Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina 27104.
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Ralph W Kelly died on June 7, 1988 at 76 years old. He was born on October 22, 1911. We are unaware of information about Ralph's immediate family. We know that Ralph W Kelly had been residing in Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina 27104.

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In 1911, in the year that Ralph W Kelly was born, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1938, at the age of 27 years old, Ralph was alive 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 1961, at the age of 50 years old, Ralph was alive when on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

In 1975, by the time he was 64 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1988, in the year of Ralph W Kelly's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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