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Richard Ball (1962 - 1983)

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Richard Ball
1962 - 1983
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December 5, 1962
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May 1983
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Richard Ball was born on December 5, 1962. He died in May 1983 at age 20.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Richard Ball passed away in May 1983 at age 20. He was born on December 5, 1962. We have no information about Richard's immediate family.
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In 1962, in the year that Richard Ball was born, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1970, at the age of just 8 years old, Richard was alive when on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

In 1977, by the time he was only 15 years old, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

In 1983, in the year of Richard Ball's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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