Sammie Pruitt (1938 - 2001)

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Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi

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1938 - In the year that Sammie Pruitt was born, 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.

1948 - He was just 10 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

1976 - He was 38 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

1980 - Sammie was 42 years old when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

1987 - At the age of 49 years old, Sammie was alive when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Sammie Pruitt died on November 23, 2001 at 63 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Sammie. He was born on July 22, 1938. There is no information about Sammie's family or relationships. We know that Sammie Pruitt had been residing in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi.

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