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Steven Merrill (1957 - 1980)

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Steven Merrill
1957 - 1980
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March 7, 1957
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May 1980
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Steven Merrill was born on March 7, 1957. He died in May 1980 at 23 years of age.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Steven Merrill died in May 1980 at 23 years of age. He was born on March 7, 1957. There is no information about Steven's family.
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In 1957, in the year that Steven Merrill was born, 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 1961, at the age of only 4 years old, Steven 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 1967, at the age of just 10 years old, Steven was alive when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1976, he was 19 years old when The United States celebrated the Bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was a year long celebration, with the biggest events taking place on July 4th.

In 1980, in the year of Steven Merrill's passing, 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.

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