Rolf Nitka (1905 - 1968)

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Rolf Nitka
1905 - 1968
August 31, 1905
October 1968
Last Known Residence
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California 93103
Rolf Nitka of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California was born on August 31, 1905, and died at age 63 years old in October 1968.
Updated: October 3, 2011

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Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California 93103
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Rolf Nitka passed away at age 63 years old in October 1968. Rolf Nitka of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California was born on August 31, 1905.

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Rolf Nitka lived 11 years shorter than the average Nitka family member when he died at the age of 63.
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In 1905, in the year that Rolf Nitka was born, federal spending was $0.57 billion, unemployment was 4.3%, and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. Current U.S. government spending is $4.268 trillion.

In 1910, at the age of just 5 years old, Rolf was alive when Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1939, at the age of 34 years old, Rolf was alive when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1957, at the age of 52 years old, Rolf was alive when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1968, in the year of Rolf Nitka's passing, on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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