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Steve Sponduris (1897 - 1968)

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Steve Sponduris
1897 - 1968
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May 24, 1897
Death
March 1968
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Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona 86047
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Steve Sponduris was born on May 24, 1897. He died in March 1968 at 70 years old. We know that Steve Sponduris had been residing in Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona 86047.
Updated: November 3, 2011
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Steve Sponduris died in March 1968 at age 70. He was born on May 24, 1897. We are unaware of information about Steve's family. We know that Steve Sponduris had been residing in Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona 86047.
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In 1897, in the year that Steve Sponduris was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1908, by the time he was merely 11 years old, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1942, at the age of 45 years old, Steve was alive when on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

In 1955, Steve was 58 years old when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1968, in the year of Steve Sponduris's passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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